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Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A heartwarming true-life fable from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Santa—including his personal journey of discovering the magic of Christmas.

Every year, over a million people attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, where they have the pleasure of seeing Charles Edward Hall don a traditional red suit and become the world's most famous Santa Claus—a role he has p
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published October 29th 2013)
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Jessica
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Santa Claus is for Real is a truly magical journey that Charles Edward Hall takes us on. This is also his journey as he narrates the audiobook and it was perfect! Hall has been Santa at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1987. As children, we see the magic of Christmas which includes Santa. There is just something about that man with the long white beard and red outfit that fascinates children. As adu
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Jessica
All my reviews can be found at: http//jessicasreadingroom.com
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Santa Claus is for Real is a truly magical journey that Charles Edward Hall takes us on. This is also his journey as he narrates the audiobook and it was perfect! Hall has been Santa at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1987. As children, we see the magic of Christmas which includes Santa. There is just something about that man with the long white beard and red outfit that fascinates children. As adults we becom
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Maggie
you're gonna have to trust me on this one: the older you are the less you will believe the title of this book. read it anyway. seriously. deserves all five stars and more! by reading this book you will regain the essence of your child's heart or not. i did. happily so. really and truly.
Cindy
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
A light read and very enjoyable as his biography is written like fiction.
Kaitlin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because this book taught me how to believe in myself.
Kim Friant
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have nothing to say! Everything wonderful, magical, unexplainable, awesome, compassionate, loving, everything about Santa is in this book! I laughed, I cried, I believed! A truly amazing book!!

This has become one of my all-time favorite books. It has become tradition for me to listen to the audiobook every November. If you don’t believe in Santa Claus, then I guarantee you will by the end of this book. I still believe in Santa and Christmas is my very favorite time of year. Mr. Hall managed to
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Susan
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You never know when a book will catch your attention or literally jump off the shelf calling you name to either browse through it or buy it. Well that is exactly what happened to me.

I have always believed in Santa Claus and his magic and his mystique. When I read this book I found in my heart that I had lost the magic not necessarily in Christmas love I have over the years for various reasons. When I read this book I just didn't think it was about Santa Claus and his Christmas magic in my opinio
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Kathy
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a bio-memoir/inspirational book by the man who plays Santa at radio Music Hall. He describes is life in terms of embracing Santa—i.e. the true spirit of the holiday. It is an interesting, inspirational read, providing one man’s story of how he grew up and got to the position he obviously loves so much, discussing the good and bad aspects of his life as well as the messages and/or inspiration he has learned from Santa and ot ...more
Kathryn
What a wonderful memoir by the man who has played Santa Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for the past 30 years. It is a relatively short and easy read, starting as a boy who believed in Santa and the magic of Christmas back in Kentucky. He later moved to New York City to become an actor and lost that magic and spirit of Christmas until he was cast as both Scrooge and Santa in Radio City's newest musical, "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" and recaptured all that mystical Christmas s ...more
Podaire
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Looking for some Christmas inspiration. This book has some. While it is considered nonfiction because it is a story about the author who became Santa at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He claims to have had Santa visit him over the course of his life, okay. I do laud him for encouraging the spirit of love, giving and selflessness as a person in his daily and work life. That was truly lovely about the book. It shows we can make a difference as we incorporate those things into our daily cont ...more
Joy
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a gift... from my husband for Christmas this year. He knows me so well. The tears found within these pages are a mix of happy and sad. I've seen Mr Hall perform as Santa both live and on my DVD of the 75th Christmas Spectacular, he truly embodies the spirit of Santa Claus.
I savored each and every page. Reading his story made me fall even more in love with man, both Santa and Mr Hall. Anyone who loves Santa and Christmas should read "Santa Claus is for Real."
Michelle
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect. Not even sure how it ended up in my audible library, but I LOVED this book!! It's the perfect story to kick off the Christmas season, and safe for all ages. I highly recommend the audio version as I don't think I could even imagine a Santa Claus, this great. It's not too long yet packed with details that immerse you in the magic of Christmas. I might read it, every Christmas.
Carrie
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyed Hall's personal journey to find the real spirit of Christmas. The peek into life behind the scenes at the Radio City Music Hall Spectacular was also interesting. An enjoyable read for the season and for my memoir kick.
Linda
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun book about one young man's journey to believing! Heartwarming and inspirational. We all have a bit of Santa Claus in us, we just need to believe and keep working to stay on the nice list! Makes me want to head to NYC and see the show.
Marilyn
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it


I enjoyed reading this book of the true story of the gentleman who played Santa for the Rockettes. He tells of growing up and losing his faith. Life events turned him around and made him a true believer.
Rebecca
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
This book was absolutely magical! It is the definition of "believing is seeing" I am Christmas crazy person, but I also am so in love with it for the pure heart of the season (think hallmark movies) and this book proved everything that is important about the holidays!
Danielle
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, uplifting book. I really enjoyed it. A perfect holiday read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
April
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such s cute book. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling that almost everyone loves to have. My favorite lesson I learned from this is that there's a Santa in each of us.....and not. Just at Christmas time
Tracey
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a heartwarming story and perfect read to get into the Christmas spirit. I found this book after seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular so maybe that's why there was an extra enjoyment to it. I do recommend this book.
Sidney
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
194 pages taking a little over an hour to read. Cute Christmas book about Charles Edward Hall who has played Santa at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for 28 years.
Jai
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cute,heart warming and funny Christmas story.
Reecha Bharali
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
A light book and a quick read. I would suggest a great gift for holydays and a great Christmas read
Hanna
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
While a good holiday story, especially for little ears, this is a bit unbelievable for adults. AND it's labeled a "true Christmas fable"... okay. Isn't that a bit contradictory?
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