Gail Golden

“Macy’s Mrs. Claus”
Buffalo, New York
1948 – Current

International Santa Claus Hall of Fame – December 2023

Gail Golden has a BFA in Theater from Ithaca College and an MA in Humanities from SUNY at Buffalo. She is the director of Dramatic Solutions, an interactive business theater company which has presented diversity training for Walt Disney World, Darden Restaurants, Best Buy, and for many federal government agencies including Social Security, DOL, and the CDC.

Ms. Golden taught Acting at Villa Maria College for 7 years, and studied at Second City Toronto, Chicago City Limits, and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. But she is best known for her work as Mrs. Santa Claus in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from 2006-2022.

Gail has also been Mrs. Claus for Macy’s Special Events, the Lighting of the Windows at Herald Square, where she sang Christmas songs accompanied by Michael Feinstein and introduced the Radio City Rockettes, the clowns from the Big Apple Circus, and the dancers in The Nutcracker at the NYC Ballet She has also been Mrs. Claus in the Macy’s Parade at Universal Studios Orlando and Mrs. Claus in the Santa Village at SeaWorld Orlando.