Last updated 2022.05.13

About Santa Tom:
I have been a Washington State resident for more than fifty years and retired after forty years as professional mental health-chemical dependency professional.  Mrs. Claus and I have been married more than 35 years and have 2 adult children.

Santa is my second identity for more than the past 15 seasons in Cowlitz County, WA.  I have portrayed Santa for church youth groups, Scout Packs and Troops, schools, charitable organizations, private residential get togethers, and as a "Mall Santa."  I also volunteer for Scouts USA and do reenactment as a mountain man and pirate.

For me the emotional payback for being Santa is the expression of unconditional love on children's faces and the gratitude from parents / care-givers.

I am a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS), Santa's Pack in Oregon, and NORPAC Santas in Washington State.  I have an MA in Santaclausology from the International University of Santa Claus and continue to attend workshops and conferences dedicated to the performance of Santa Duties.  Credentials and background check available upon request.

​Santa Tom Gates


​Phone:  (360) 423-3742 

Geographic Area:  Cowlitz County, WA and surrounding area