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Published November 08, 2011, 10:10 PM

Ottertail man bringing Yuletide Cheer to the Big Apple

Ottertail, MN (WDAY TV) - An Ottertail, Minnesota man is more than happy to see winter arrive again. It means work, and time to say "Ho-Ho-Ho." Patrick Kilby has played Santa for years; a real bearded Santa who's highly sought after in malls across the country.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

An Ottertail, Minnesota man is more than happy to see winter arrive again. It means work, and time to say "Ho-Ho-Ho." Patrick Kilby has played Santa for years; a real bearded Santa who's highly sought after in malls across the country.

But now Kilby is headed to New York City. Kodak recruited him. He’ll play Santa in Rockefeller Center and with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Patrick Kilby's work wardrobe never changes. An outfit time has left alone. Patrick is preparing for a Santa dream job. His beard and belly are headed to downtown New York City where he will entertain children until Christmas. Radio City Music Hall--Rockefeller Center.

Patrick Kilby – Santa Claus: “It is awesome; I am blown away at the opportunity.”

Patrick even works with the cosmetology students at M-State Wadena to insure his real beard looks the part.

Patrick Kilby: “I go through a bleaching process to get the color right.”

And don't worry about fitness. Santa can eat what he wants.

Patrick Kilby: “What color are your eyes, how tall, what size is your cookie zone.”

After the holidays, he shaves his beard and hair, and starts it all over again. A price he pays for being an authentic Santa.

Patrick Kilby: “We are serious about this we are committed to it and responsible to our image.”

In his real life, Patrick is a wood carver, an artist, who makes handmade caskets.

Patrick Kilby: “You feel kind of ageless I guess.”

But it is Christmas that gives him joy, and a great living. Those few days when he makes kids laugh, cry and wish for the world.

Patrick Kilby: “You see that look in the children's eyes and they say, they are like this is Santa and this is cool.”

This man in red, who cannot resist a chimney. Patrick will spend 5 weeks as Santa in New York.

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