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Hundreds of Santas will run through London this weekend

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Santa Dash

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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Manmeet S tastemaker

After living in the UK for 4 years, we finally decided to don our Santa suits and join the masses in festive fun, all in the name of charity. However, what an utter mess it turned out to be and while the funds were being raised for a charity, I much rather would have preferred not being associated with the carnage. We started on the North side of the river at 11.00am, where a number of Santae couldn't even stay vertical. The carnage continued with smashed bottles and all manner of trash being left on the street, while grown man couldn't control their bladders and to relieve themselves on buildings. This is one of those experiences that I hope I forget sooner rather than later.