Santacon 2013 start locations!

Finally it’s time again, Santa! Time for us to set off on a tour of London, spreading goodwill to all, giving sweets to kiddies, and thumbing our jolly red noses at the red-trouser naysayers.

As usual, Santas will be setting off in four groups from different starting points. After visiting the city’s nooks and crannies—cobbled streets, arcades, market squares—we will converge into one big parade of Santae and head for some of London’s big sights.

One extremely important thing Santa:


Santas need to give Trafalgar a wide birth so as not to disturb the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Please pass this important notice on to every Santa you know.

So where are we going? To find out the 2013 starting points, click here.

Very important message, Santa!

Important Update

This year we’re not visiting Trafalgar Square!

This is for several reasons:

  • Demonstrations are occurring there on the same day and we don’t want Santacon associated with anything political!

  • Last year we hung around too long, left too much litter, and climbed on too much stuff!

  • We want to give Santacon a reboot by focusing on all the other cool places we can visit!

Therefore, Trafalgar Square is NOT part of Santacon this year. If you turn up there, you’re not with Santacon!

Finale party at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Santacon doesn’t end outdoors, Santa…

Click here to get tickets.

The venue is a proper club with bouncers on the door who search bags, so Santa will not be let in if he’s got drugs or alcohol in his sack or has had one too many sherries.

And there’s ten pin bowling

Not surprisingly, you can actually do some bowling at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Santa, however you do have to book the lanes separately. A group of six Santae can book a lane for an hour for £50. Two lanes costs £105 for an hour.

To book a bowling lane, complete the form below and Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes will be in touch. Bear in mind they must confirm your booking, so if you do not hear back best give them a ring on 0207 183 1979. You can also email

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How to get to BBL

Entrance to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is on Bedford Way, just around the corner from the Tavistock Hotel, London, WC1H 9EU

Nearest tube is Russell Square

Click here for a map of the venue location.

20 days to Santacon

It’s TWENTY DAYS to Santacon! Yes Santa, you have about three weeks to brush off the red felt, the white fur, and all your Jingle Balls! Sorry, BELLS! On Saturday 14th December, hundreds of Jolly Santae will be taking to the streets of London for a non-profit, non-corporate, non-commercial and non-sensical parade of festive cheer.

It doesn’t cost a single chocolate coin to attend, Santa, but you do need your outfit. And that means more than a bloomin’ hat. Check out What To Wear for inspiration and remember that other Santa personnel are invited too (ELF!). The best-dressed Santa/elf/reindeer/turkey might even get a prize…

Make sure you read About Santacon for fortified Santa wisdom on how to enjoy the day as well as carol sheets to download and advice on using the SantaNav (got your Designated Santa?). There’s also a few don’ts, e.g. don’t be antisocial, don’t throw sprouts, don’t be THAT Santa!

Lastly, let us know you’re coming on Facebook, Santa, and keep your eyes (or sprouts) peeled for updates here and @londonsantacon. We’ll be advertising Finale Party tickets soon, and cinema tickets are already available. Also, Santa will also be shouting out for HELP from Santa volunteers in the next few weeks: flag carriers, route planners, musical Santae all wanted…

Can you take on Santa? And WIN? HOOOOOOOOOOOO!