Save the Santas

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

The City is working to reproduce the original Santa artwork on high-performance vinyl, which will be mounted to 4-foot by 8-foot weather-resistant aluminum substrate, creating a display that should last for decades.  The display will be manufactured by a local company, which can make each new Santa for $550.  With your help, the Old World Santas will return to Veterans Memorial Park for the 2019 holiday season.

Please consider making a donation of $550 to sponsor a Santa. Smaller donations are also welcome! If you would like to sponsor a specific Santa, just let us know the name and we'll add funds to it's sponsorship. Make a donation of $100 or more and we'll add your name (or the name of your business or loved one) to the Santa's sponsorship and on the display.

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 meander 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 aren't on display this year. Time and weather have taken a toll on the original acrylic-and-plywood construction.

The original artwork is below, each with a unique name and number. Pick the Santa you'd like to sponsor and we'll add your name or business name to the artwork. You can reserve your Santa by calling the Sierra Vista Public Affairs Office at (520) 439-2191, or email Marketing & Public Affairs Manager Judy Hector. (Explorer users, you may not see all the Santas. We recommend viewing with the Chrome browser.)

Please make checks payable to the City of Sierra Vista. Drop off or mail your check to City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.  Please include "Save the Santas" on the memo line.

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
American Southwest Credit Union

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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

14. The Palace Santa
(England)

15. Brocade Coat Santa

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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

28. Kris Kringle
(Germany)

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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,
ReMax Realty

32. Dedt Moroz - Father Ice
(Siberia)

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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

40. St. Nicholas in Paisley Coat

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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

45. Weinachtsmann

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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

47. Unknown
(We're researching this Santa's name.)

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48. Musical Santa
Julie Dowden and Steve Smith

49. Santa with Basket of Apples

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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

52. Windy Santa

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53. The All American Santa
City of Sierra Vista