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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The London Santacon is coming to town Saturday 15th December 2012!
A marathon of big red fun from early afternoon until the early hours of the following morning.
What do we do?
We romp around central London
We give stuff out
We do performance art
We hug strangers
We wear santa costumes with a spin
We sing alternative carols
We might visit a few pubs along the way.
And then we have a massive party and dance our socks off.
Well someone has to do it….
Please do read the stuff in What is Santacon to get aquainted with the concept. Finally, the more you bring or put into Santacon, the more you will get out of it. More info and ideaa in the Santa guide… Please make sure that you read the rules and understand the overview on the front page of santacon.co.uk. And have a read in Santa’s guide.
Santa, when you upload pictures of Santacon to the likes of Flickr, Picasa or any other web album, then please use the following tags “London“, “Santacon“, “2011” to allow your fellow Santas to find and re-appreciate and re-imagine the event.
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."