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Hundreds of Santas will run through London this weekend

James Manning

You’d better watch out… because this weekend two annual events bring hundreds of Santas to the streets of London. First up, on Saturday December 8, is Santacon: a very silly annual fancy-dress romp that takes place in hundreds of cities each year. Up to 1,000 Santas will embark on three routes for this year’s mass tour-slash-pub crawl in London, with strict rules: full costumes only; get jolly, not plastered; call everyone ‘Santa’. This year, for the first time, the London event is a festive fundraiser: as well as giving out gifts to random passers-by, Santacon will be raising money for the Christmas for Kids charity.

If that still seems a little too anarchic, head to Clapham Common on Sunday for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Santa Dash: a 5k or 10k run, open to all-comers, to raise money for equipment, research and support at London’s leading paediatric hospital. Sign up online and get ready to sleigh – after all, it’s all in a good Claus.

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