What is Santacon?
Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason. It’s your chance to spread holiday cheer in the most magical and absurd way possible.
What isn't Santacon?
Santacon is not a bar crawl. Every time you call it that, a sugarplum fairy dies.
Do I have to dress as Santa?
Santa only gets jolly with those in full, head-to-toe costume. Just wearing a Santa hat doesn’t cut it – you will be jeered off the sleigh.
Can I be an elf or toy soldier or dreidel instead?
Ho-ho-hell yes. Santa loves creativity.
When is Santacon?
Saturday, December 21st, 2019. Starts early, goes late.
What should I bring?
At least two non-perishable food items for Santa’s food drive and one unwrapped toy for local charity. Comfortable footwear. Cash for food and drinks. Stops will be too crowded to use a credit card. (Tip bartenders and waitstaff well for putting up with Santa!) Gifts, games, props, and performances to entertain Santas and strangers alike, and don't forget your jolly elfin' Christmas spirit.
What shouldn't I bring?
Open containers of alcohol. You will be arrested, and Santa won’t feel sorry for you.
Your naughty friends (cool friends who drink responsibly and respect others are fine).
What can I do to prepare?
Make a costume. Like Santacon Seaside Heights On Facebook! Get a good night’s sleep and eat a big breakfast. Know your limits and pace yourself. If you plan to drink, do so responsibly. Plan to keep an eye on your friends and fellow Santa! Watch Santacon True or False. DON'T BE A GRINCH (it's Christmas for elfin' sake)!
• Santa encourages you to guide your own sleigh – you can plan a route for yourself and your elves ahead of time, or just show up at the start point and see where the holiday spirit takes you.
• Santa still strongly recommends starting at the start point. It’s the only time of day when all Santas will be together in one spot, and the spectacle of many hundreds of Santas is not to be missed.
Santa does not make children cry. Really, if you see kids, don't do anything to freak them out. Give them a nice smile and possibly a gift of some kind (toys, candy etc).
Santa dresses for all occasions. It's December. Smart santas wear multiple costume layers. Dress to maximize merriment, whether singing Christmas carols in the snow, or decking the halls of a hot bar.
Santa doesn't whine! We will be outside a lot and commuting mainly on foot - bring enough "snacks" to keep your candy-hole filled until we get indoors.
Bring gifts: NAUGHTY gifts to give grown ups; NICE stuff to give kids. Throwing coal at people is discouraged no matter who they are. YES THAT INCLUDES POLITICIANS. But giving out coal might actually be appreciated.
Watching santa get drunk and rowdy is fun. Babysitting santa while he vomits in an alley is not. Don't be that santa.
Make sure you always pay for your beer and tip the bar staff. We want to be able to do this again so be polite and cultivate the goodwill of the local community.
Please pay for your drinks as soon as you get them. Santas get tired of waiting on other santas to clear their tab before being able to move on. This entire adventure should be cash only.
"No santa's left behind!" Don't think only of yourself - Santa is not inconsiderate of his fellow santas like that. Pick a few people you know and keep an eye out for them when it's time to move to the next location. If you don't see them, speak up so other santas know to wait a moment. Every santa should have at least 2-3 other santas they look out for and 2-3 that look out for them in turn.
Stay with a group. It's not just a case of "the more, the merrier" - Santa is safer with large numbers of fellow santas and what one santa can't achieve (or get away with) is a possibility for 10 or more!
Dress up! You don't have to dress exactly like Santa. In fact, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are much appreciated, both by those we bring joy to - as well as your fellow santas: elves, reindeer themes etc. are fine as well!
Please remember that this is all about having fun. Most santas like to take their fun with a little alcohol which is fine. What is not fine, however, is getting completely sh#t-faced to the point that santas end up being abusive or violent. Remember that there is no "bail fund" for incarcerated santas and if you cross the line you'll be on your own.
Santa doesn't drink & drive and neither should you. If you're going to drink you must make sure that you can get safely home without driving yourself. There are plenty of hotels in the area, and Uber / Lift is just a click away.
You MUST address everyone as "Santa."
You SHOULD "ho-ho-ho" like Santa.
You OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa.
You MIGHT want to drink like Santa
Read these guidelines one more time.
If you have reached this rule, it means you didn't get locked into a loop reading the guidelines over and over again as per the previous rule. You are therefore intelligent enough to take part in SantaCon!
Have a MERRY ELFIN' CHRISTMAS!