Biography of Doug Portwood, "The Authentic Santa"

Known as “The Authentic Santa,” Doug Portwood has been portraying the world’s most recognizable icon since 2005. He is real, relaxed, experienced and event-savvy, comfortable in a wide variety of venues including: large corporate parties, parades, fundraisers, Polar Express-styled trains, neighborhood holiday parties, single family in-home Santa visits and private parties of all sorts.  He believes in a real traditional, gentle and authentic Santa experience for children and adults alike.

“Santa Doug” has a deep sense of commitment to philanthropic events and charitable activities. He regularly visits nursing homes, assisted living centers and Alzheimer’s care units. He has communicated in large and small structured live and video forums with children in public school systems and visited private day care and pre-schools as well.  Santa Doug is the resident Santa at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine Texas.

He has been featured on local television news broadcasts, and during live local programming. He has played significant roles including hosting and emceeing fundraisers, hospital activities, tree lightings and large corporate gatherings. This Santa is a gifted, full-time traditional version with a naturally white, long soft beard that kids and seniors alike enjoy.

Doug is an active Board member of the Lone Star Santas Charities Inc., for which he serves as the Director for “Convoy of Toys.” He was hospice-trained through Houston Hospice, Inc., Texas Children’s Hospital volunteer training program (Patient Pal), Children’s Health Medical Center, Dallas (Child Life volunteer), and has formal training from School for Santas, Claus Fest, Santa Claus Workshop and the Santa Claus Oath. Doug is a married, father of two grown children and a retired successful retail executive. He is insured, and has an annual background check performed that is available and on file.
Corporate, commercial appearances and features in local media and programming include the following:

  Dallas Christmas Parade Santa since 2012
WFAA-TV, ABC (“Good Morning Texas”) Dallas-Fort Worth
KXAS-TV, NBC-5, Dallas-Fort Worth
KDFW, Fox 4, Dallas, Fort Worth
KOAM-TV, Fox 14, Joplin, MO
Comcast, CT. & TX.
Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT.
Lowes ‘Toy Lift’ Charlottesville, VA.
Prudential Real Estate, Hartford, CT.
Resident Santa at Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, TX.
North Pole Express, Essex, CT
Robertson  Agency, Cooperstown, NY
Stew Leonard’s, Hartford, CT
Child Protective Service, Inc., Houston, TX
Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

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