Surfing Santas goes virtual, hundreds of families still flock to Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The tradition of dressing up like St. Nick and hitting the waves continues in Cocoa Beach for the 11th annual Surfing Santa event in Cocoa Beach. “I saw them surfing... Santa Clause,” said Mason, a child watching from the shoreline Thursday morning. The event usually draws tens of thousands of people to the Space Coast and hundreds of surfers from across the globe. Although the event was held virtually this year, hundreds of families still decided to show up and continue their Christmas Eve tradition. But he said the experience is unlike any other with families bringing the Christmas spirit to life.
Rudolph and his nose-so-bright into auction will take flight
This image released by Profiles in History shows a Santa Clause and Rudolph reindeer puppet used in the filming of the 1964 Christmas special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." (Profiles in History via AP)LOS ANGELES – Rudolph and his still-shiny nose are getting a new home, and it's bound to be a lot nicer than the Island of Misfit Toys. The soaring reindeer and Santa Claus figures who starred in in the perennially beloved stop-motion animation Christmas special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” are going up for auction. Auction house Profiles in History announced Thursday that a 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa used to animate the 1964 TV special are being sold together in the auction that starts Nov. 13 and are expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000. The figures would make their way to the New York offices of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.
Santa's pay takes a hit this year
That's because professional Santas, those who work in malls and private events, are expected to make about 8% less in hourly wages than in 2018. That said, the best Santas those who are in the top 75th percentile of earners continue to see their wages increase. Last year, the median hourly pay for the top professionals was about $75, but that jumped to $122 per hour this year. About one in four mall shoppers will have their children take a photo with Santa, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. His fees average more than four times PayScale's hourly fee estimates.cnbc.com
On Tap: Get in the holiday spirit this weekend
Its hard to avoid holiday cheer this weekend as a bounty of seasonal events take place across the county. Its hard to avoid holiday cheer this weekend as a bounty of seasonal events take place across the county. On Saturday, gather along Donnelly Street at 10 a.m. for the 58th Annual Christmas Parade. Light Up the Night in TavaresEnjoy lights, music and holiday cheer Saturday during the Light Up the Night Christmas Parade and Celebration at 5 p.m. in downtown Tavares. The festivities on Saturday begin with the Hometown Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. along with crafts, food, music and community entertainment.dailycommercial.com