Save the Santas

The much-loved display of Old World Santas that normally appears in Veterans Memorial Park went on hiatus in 2018.  Despite efforts to maintain it, the plywood construction deteriorated beyond usability.

But thanks to generous community sponsors, the Santas have returned to the Park for 2019! Legacy sponsors, all listed below, helped fund the project and the original artwork for all 53 Santas has been reproduced on high-performance vinyl, which is mounted to 4-foot by 8-foot weather-resistant aluminum substrate, creating a display that will last for decades.

A Holiday Tradition. Former Sierra Vista mayor Tom Hessler and his wife Nancy spearheaded the effort, working with local artists Susan Bell, Sue Ann Vannoy, and Laura Sudduth to bring the 53 Santas--and magic of the holiday season--to life. The Santas, which made their debut in 2006, represent many different countries, much like Sierra Vista's citizenry, and are accompanied by a short narrative or poem that tells the story of that particular Santa.

Each year, Sierra Vista families meandered through the display, snapping photos of their kids alongside a favorite Old World Santa, creating a holiday legacy of their childrens' growth. But the Santas were not on display in 2018. Time and weather took a toll on the original acrylic-and-plywood construction. Fortunately, thanks to generous community support, the Santas returned to the park in 2019!

The original artwork is below, each with the name of their Legacy Sponsor. (Explorer users, you may not see all the Santas. We recommend viewing with the Chrome browser.) A downloadable eBook has been created that includes all of the saved artwork and sponsor information. You will need an eReader app to open the document.

Santa Fund Program. Each year, two limited run ornaments bearing Santa images will be released at the tree lighting. This year, the ornaments are Buckskin Santa and Swedith Tompte. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will provide seed money for next year's release and establish a maintenance fund to keep the Santas in show-ready shape! We asked residents to vote on next year's Santas at the Annual Tree Lighting: A Light to Remember. The votes have been tallied and we're excited to announce that next year's ornaments will feature the Cookie Break Santa and All American Santa

Thank you for your support!

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1. Santa & His Girls
City of Sierra Vista Employees

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2. New England Santa
Jamie Rutgers Interior Design

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3. Norwegian Julenisse
Jeanne Robichaud and Gayl Murphy, in memory of their mom, Jane Gonseth

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4. Celebrate the Joy of Giving
Debra Nystrom,
Long Realty Co.

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5. Santa's Spotted Gray
Ellen Hector

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6. Cookie Break
Wes & Donna Hewitt

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7. Story Time Santa
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona - Cochise County

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8. Yee Haaaa!
Arizona Ambulance, in memory of Paramedic David Fleury

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9. Swedish Tompte
Tile Masterworks, Inc. (Steve and Jill Brown) In honor of Barbara Rydberg Brown, great grand niece of Swedish Poet Laureate Viktor Rydberg, author of Tomten

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10. The Sonoma Valley Santa
AAA Fort Storage

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11. Virginia's Santa Claus
The Cleven Family

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12. Bedtime Story Santa
LeAnn Morrison

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13. The Cookie Santa
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona - Cochise County

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14. The Palace Santa
(England)

John & Pat Lloyd, Julia Reiber Jones, Linda Langer, Nancy McDowell, and Carol Jelinek

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15. Brocade Coat Santa
Cochise College

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16. Santa's Journey
The Cleven Family

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17. Belsnickle with Baskets
Bob & Norma Jones

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18. Naughty or Nice
Sierra Vista Women's Club

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19. Old Man with Toys
American Southwest Credit Union

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20. Father Christmas
Ardent Communications

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21. Jolly Old St. Nick
Steve and Mary Aldrich

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22. Juleman
(Denmark)
Michelich, Strain & Britton, in honor of family and friends

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23. Patchwork Santa
Gene and Helen Manring and family

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24. A Childs' Delight
Rich & Christin Davis, in memory of Nicole Rae Davis

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25. Faces of Santa
Berg's Heating & Air Conditioning, in memory of Dick & Kitty Berg

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26. Aussie Santa with Boomer
(Australia)
The Westbrook Family: Bill, Rachella, William, and Jennifer

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27. Starlight Santa on Skates
Tom & Connie Dooley

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28. Kris Kringle (Germany)
Deborah Holland, in memory of Jack Holland

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29. Sinter Klaas
Arizona Financial Services, Teresa & Tony Waalkens

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30. Midnight Visitor
The Diekema Family

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31. Kris Kringle
Tim Bullington,
Haymore Real Estate

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32. Dedt Moroz - Father Ice
(Siberia)
Dale Ann Schmitzer and Dennis Maraska In Loving Memory of Kelsey

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33. Grandfather Frost (Russia)
Curtis and Mary Tipton, in memory of Elizabeth Showalter

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34. Gingerbread Santa
Lark Beaugureau

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35. Buckskin Santa
Gloria Burek, in memory of Gerald Burek, who loved Christmas

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36. St. Nicholas
(Germany)
Chris & Shari Ward, REALTOR

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37. Norway Santa
Lona Jensen & Family, in Memorial of Neil Humphreys

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38. Santa's Sack Full of Toys
Thunder Mountain Republican Women

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39. Svaty Nikalus
(Czechoslovakia)
Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club

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40. St. Nicholas in Paisley Coat
William Sullivan, M.D.

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41. Chef Claus
The Landmark Cafe

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42. Civil War Santa
The Flissar Family, in memory of William Flissar

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43. Victorian Santa
Just Kids, Inc., a foundation of San Pedro Kiwanis

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44. Starlight Santa
Nancy Fyffe

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45. Weinachtsmann
In loving memory of Christian John Twite

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46. St. Nicholas and the Christkind
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Sierra Vista, 
Sierra Vista Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Bruce & Carol Dockter

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47. Unknown
Virginia & Jim Cleven

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48. Musical Santa
Julie Dowden and Steve Smith

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49. Santa with Basket of Apples
Dale Ann Schmitzer and Dennis Maraska In Loving Memory of Kelsey

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50. Olde Santa Claus
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative

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51. St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
The North Pole Elves

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52. Windy Santa
Virginia & Jim Cleven

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53. The All American Santa
City of Sierra Vista