Santa’s Elves to host Santa Jim Yellig Celebration in 2018

Santa’s Elves and the Santa Claus Museum & Village will host a celebration focused on the life and legacy of Santa Jim Yellig. This two-day event will be an opportunity for those who wear the red suit to learn more about the famous Santa from Santa Claus.

The celebration will be held in March 2018 in Santa Claus, Indiana, and is inspired by Yellig’s 1940s booklet, It’s Fun to be a Real Santa Claus. Panel-led sessions will focus on topics ranging from town history to storytelling, and include the importance of Yellig’s legacy in the Santa Claus community today. Registration is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit for more details.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity,” says Pat Koch, the daughter of Santa Jim Yellig and founder of the Santa Claus Museum & Village. “My dad’s legacy is so important and I am honored to participate in this historic event.”

All proceeds from the celebration will benefit Santa’s Elves and the Santa Claus Museum & Village, the non-profit organization sponsoring the event.

The Santa Claus Museum & Village, in partnership with the Santa Claus community, plans to launch more special events in the next few years. Emily Thompson, Director of the Santa Claus Museum & Village, says, “we look forward to working with the town and the Santa community to develop new events and activities to celebrate and honor the legacy of Santa Jim and the town of Santa Claus.”

The Santa Claus Museum & Village is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Santa Claus, Indiana, and perpetuates the tradition of Santa’s Elves, Inc. by answering letters to Santa. For additional information,

One Response to Santa’s Elves to host Santa Jim Yellig Celebration in 2018

  1. Santa John Wilder and Nana Joan October 12, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    This is so exciting we are looking forward to attending. Santa John Sevierville, TN.