Fun Fact: Wyoming Has Six Professional Mall Santas
Once again this year, six professional “Mall Santas” will be spending the holidays in Wyoming.
According to Slate, malls typically hire two Santas to handle the crowds. They usually split days, working an eight-hour shift Monday through Saturday and a six hour shift on Sunday.
Each potential Santa is required to have a natural beard and must pass a criminal background check and drug test. After the Santas are assigned to a mall, they are instructed to be cheerful and positive, always remain in character and to be well groomed.
During the six-week holiday rush, a typical mall Santa can make up to $10,000. Veteran Santas, especially graduates of the International University of Santa Claus, often earn even more.