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:
WE ARE NOT VISITING TRAFALGAR SQUARE THIS YEAR.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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…
It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious celebratory parade of Christmas cheer, goodwill, and fun. It is not a membership organisation, just a traditional event in London, created by whoever wants to take part. Originally called the Santathon it was changed to Santacon due to the similarity with other events of that name taking place in other cities. Nevertheless there are customs, and veteran Santas have put together this evolving guide of how to make it work well. There is no particular reason to dress up in Santa suits, run around town, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps, and decide who is naughty or nice - but it’s a lot of fun - so Santa does it anyway. Everyone loves Santa and Santa loves everyone!
Be Jolly. Be nice. Do not throw things at people or elves. Watch out for racism, homophobia or any other kind of abuse and step in to help when needed. Santa is inclusive and Santa loves everyone.
Christmas apparel is mandatory. A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Customise a Santa suit. Be creative. If you don’t have any creativity, slap yourself three times and ask your mum to help you. Glue cotton balls to red long johns, utilise Christmas decorations, whatever. Already have a Santa suit? Bring spare parts for the Santaﬁcation of strangers.
Twisting the Christmas paradigm until it screams for mercy is fun! Getting arrested is not. Santa is friendly, respectful, and cooperative with police, security guards, horse guards, MI5 agents, and shop and bar staﬀ, and does NOT break any laws!!! Have your own special surreal fun, but DON’T F*CK IT UP FOR THE REST OF US. Santas do not destroy property, steal merchandise, or do harm to others. The authorities and local businesses usually take Santa’s antics in the loving, festive spirit that Santa intends, if we are nice to them.
The "route and schedule" is open to liberal interpretation by Santa at all times. There is no head Santa in charge to call. If you can’t show up for the start or get lost, get the mobile number of someone who can help you catch up later. Depending on the year there may be guiding Santas, ﬂags to follow or some technological Santanav system, or you may wish to come up with your own idea to help Santae ﬁnd their way.
Santa dresses for all occasions. It’s December. Smart Santas wear layers. Dress to maximize merriment whether singing christmas carols in the snow, or dancing manically in the shopping centre.
Santa doesn’t whine! We will be outside much of the early day and covering a lot of ground on foot – bring a bottle of water and enough "snacks" to keep your pie-hole ﬁlled until we get indoors.
Bring small gifts – NAUGHTY gifts to give grown ups; NICE stuﬀ to give kids. Visit a pound shop, wrap up coal, sweets and brussels sprouts; Santa loves stickers, hug vouchers and mistletoe.
Watching Santa get drunk can be fun. Babysitting Santa while they vomit in an alley or breaking up ﬁghts is not. Don’t be that Santa. You are responsible for yourself! Pace your drinking and be nice to your fellow Santa.
Memorise these answers to important questions that may arise:
Who’s in charge? "Santa!"
What organization are you with? "Santa."
What are you protesting? "We're not protesting we're celebrating."
Why? "Because it's Christmas!"
How did you get here? "A sleigh and eight tiny reindeer."
Where are you going next? "I'm only allowed to tell you if you wear this hat and buy me a beer."