For the last ten years, Tim Wynkoop has worn a beard as Santa here in Roswell.
Of course, he’s only Santa’s helper, kids. The real big guy is so busy this time of year, that he relies on Tim to spread the spirit and take notes.
Santa Tim’s contribution to Roswell is immeasurable not only at Christmas but also throughout the year. He and his wife Mary are a real estate team with Coldwell Banker Realty of Roswell (servicing neighboring areas of Alpharetta, Milton, Marietta and outlying areas). They support the community through the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell (where Tim currently serves as president), Roswell Inc., and they are on the board for the Head of Hooch regatta in Chattanooga. They are instrumental in planning the annual winter holiday party for the Children’s Development Academy (CDA) where Tim serves on the board.
Tim says he is occasionally recognized without his glorious Santa suit, which brings him joy. And, the only thing more wonderful than CDA kids running to see Santa is their parents asking Santa for hope.
Children tug on his perfect beard to check if it’s real (it is) and parents have been known to request Santa Tim call their children to remind them not to be naughty, because he is watching. It’s not an easy job, so he enlists the support of elves.
Mrs. Claus (his wife of 42 years, Mary) helps with the children. Ryan and Dan Pernice from Table and Main, and Osteria Mattone supply goodies. Santa also visits North Georgia Equine in Motion, in Cumming, where hippotherapy for special needs autistic and nonverbal children, employs horseback and equine therapy.
When he’s not making spirits bright, Santa loves Canton Street and supporting local businesses like Ceviche, Table and Main, Osteria Mattone, and Mac McGee’s.
You can also see him live at Deep Roots Wine Tasting Market, on November 11, where Roswell City Lifestyle supports and sponsors photos with proceeds supporting Sunshine on a Ranney Day. It's always for a good cause when Santa Tim is around!
The extended Santa family includes two daughters and sons-in-law, Kirstin and Jono, and Kara and Matt, with five grandchildren, Nova (6), Pax (4), Stella (3 months), Duff (2) and Ruby (1).