Madison Santa spread thin as ongoing worker shortage hits the North Pole | News



Madison Santa is spreading thinly as the ongoing labor shortage hits the North Pole


Madison Santa is spreading thinly as the ongoing labor shortage hits the North Pole

MADISON (WKOW) – The crowd starts out with their Christmas parties, but sadly, this Christmas season for many, Saint Nick is pretty thinly spread out.

“Only from the amount I saw here today are people hungry to go back to Santa,” said one of Madison’s Santa Clauses at a tree lighting event at Hilldale Shopping Center.

The Hilldale Santa said the eagerness to get out of the house this Christmas season has driven demand like never before.

“There are too many things on my calendar,” he said. “I can’t keep up right now. This year I already got bookings in June. That’s a big difference. It usually didn’t start until November.”

The Hilldale Santa said it was an issue that affects people in its industry nationwide. Although there is still over a month until Christmas, it is already fully booked over the holidays.

According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, only about 10% of children ages 5-11 have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the main age group for Santa’s high-risk audience.

Although there may be more distance between Santa Claus and the kids this year, he said he was just happy to be with the kids again.

“I missed it, I missed it most of the year last year,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to all of the things I’ll be doing this year.”

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