Christmas Opening & Starlight Santa

Judi Vaillancourt signing the 2015 Starlight Santa during the annual opening.Christmas Opening with our Starlight Santa: November 2016 (premier numbers available on the Friday from 5pm – 8pm and all day Saturday and Sunday—Judi is on hand to sign pieces Friday and Saturday.)

Vaillancourt Folk Art is known for doing Christmas in a big way. With breathtaking decorative themes changing each year, their gallery is truly transformed into a winter wonderland that is a cherished experience for thousands of families a year. In addition, philanthropy has always played an important role for the Vaillancourts, which is why Judi has created the annual Starlight Santa each year since 1990. The Christmas Opening kicks off the season with the first glimpse of the decorations and the availability of purchasing the premier numbers of the annual Starlight Santa.

Starlight Santas

Each year, Judi Vaillancourt designs a special chalkware Santa with a portion of the proceeds donated to a charity focused on Children. This annual Santa is produced as a limited edition and is retired on Christmas Day (never to be produced again!). The Starlight Santa has become one of the most sought after collectibles in the domestic Christmas market.


In 1990, Vaillancourt Folk Art partnered with a children’s foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. In 2013, Vaillancourt Folk Art decided to have donations go directly towards Worcester’s UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center where money is directly used to help kids get through whatever treatment they are undergoing through the Child Life’s Artist In Residence Program. For the full press release on the change, please read: Starlight Santa To Benefit UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.

Gary and Judi Vaillancourt presenting the check to Joelle Prill-Tate of Starlight and Tom Bergeron host of Dancing With The Stars in 2009.