A guide to SantaCon 2016

Looking for a ho-ho-ho-down with hundreds of Santas? SantaCon 2016 may be just the holiday celebration for you.
Photograph: Foster Snell
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SantaCon is a holiday celebration with a pretty simple premise. Get a whole bunch of people to dress up like Santa Claus and hit the town. They party and pub-crawl and have a jolly old time. Want to join in? Here’s everything you need to know. And don’t forget, you’re (really!) going to need a costume. It may seem like it’s still too hot outside to don a furry red cap and coat, but a committed Santa will find a way. Get into the spirit with a scroll through our favorite photos of SantaCon from last year. 

 

When does L.A. SantaCon take place?

SantaCon 2016 will be Saturday, December 10, 2016, starting at 11am. Location details will be announced on the organizers’ Facebook event

 

Do I need a ticket to attend?

No. SantaCon is a free, open-invite, self-organizing sort of affair. Just show up!

 

Are there rules for SantaCon?

There are, in fact, 25 rules for SantaCon. First of all, Santa Claus costumes are mandatory—and they’re not just talking about a cute Santa hat. The expectation is that you’ll go all red, get creative and really do it up (we've also seen Christmas hams, candy canes, etc.). Other rules include referring to all attendees and not speaking to the press. You’ll want to brush up on the official rules page

 

Is SantaCon safe for kids?

While kids aren’t explicitly banned from participating, SantaCon has a pretty rowdy reputation which might not be ideal, especially for very young children. We wouldn’t want them having their fairy tale dreams of Santa Claus shattered by a beer-soaked party dude. 

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