Santa Doug Keesey, Guest Instructor
Santa Doug first put on the red suit in 2015 after being inspired by discussions with a fellow Santa. The thought of becoming Santa seemed like a great idea "sometime down the road" after retirement. However, after hearing about the possibilities, he decided to become Santa sooner rather than later. His love of children and the Christmas season fueled that interest and the journey to the North Pole began.
Since becoming Santa, he has had the joy of being the official Santa for the City of Acworth and will do so for the third time this year. He also serves as a volunteer on the planning committee for the March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots which is the largest Christmas parade in North Georgia. This spectacular parade is held annually on the first Friday of December in Ball Ground with more than 5,000 attendees each year. Santa Doug primarily serves as Santa for home visits, private parties, homeowners associations and corporate Christmas parties. He has also worked with several local churches for fundraisers, and served as product spokesman for BigHeadCaps.com and Blue Ridge Beard Balm. Santa Doug has been featured in articles about being Santa at Upworthy.com and in Forsyth County News' magazine, North Atlanta. In addition to being Santa, he enjoys helping new Santas get started and designing websites for Santas and Mrs. Claus.
Santa Doug currently serves as Vice President for the Peachtree Santas and is also a member of IBRBS and the Real Bearded Santas of North Georgia. He has attended several Santa schools, and is excited to be teaching for the Northern Lights Santa Academy this fall session.
Santa Doug has lived in Georgia for 19 years and currently lives in Ball Ground with his wife Lisa. He attends church and volunteers at Revolution Church in Canton. In 2005, he founded EyeOn Creative Media Group, Inc. where he provides video, web, and graphic design services to companies and non-profit organizations around the world.
Based out of the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area, the Northern Lights Santa Academy serves Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and Santa's Helpers in the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more information about our Santa school, please contact us.
Northern Lights Santa Academy
PO Box 29160
Atlanta, GA 30359