T’was the night before Santacon…

T’was the night before Santacon, when all through Beijing…
Not a creature was stirring, not even a little thing,
The stockings were hung in the hutong with care,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there;
The future Santas were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Saturday’s Santacon danced in their heads…

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It’s Happening, Santas! SantaCon kicks off tomorrow morning at 11:00am with the Santa Suit-up at a single location: Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant in the Grand Summit Mall, just steps from Liangmaqiao station, exit B! (Note: There is no Wudaokou starting point this year!) Bring your holiday best – layered for the cold, of course – and be ready for some serious holly-ing & jolly-ing! We’ll end our sleigh ride in Gulou with a special performance by Stevie Mac and the Mac Daddies at 4 Corners for everyone who’s still on Santa’s Nice List by the end of the night!

Be Prepared!

As always, SantaCon is absolutely free to attend! But you’re responsible for buying your own milk and cookies along the way, and for your public transit fares! So in addition to your warm layers, come with a charged-up WeChat Wallet and metro card!

Threads Available

For Santas who haven’t been able to order their own suits in time, elves and Helpers will be on hand with a limited number of Santa suits for purchase for ¥50 each. These suits are available on a first-come, first-served, basis, so if you don’t make it to the Suit Up kickoff, you could miss out!

Make A Difference

This year, Santa is supporting Maovember by raising money to help Bread of Life Bakery and The Library Project. 100% of money collected from the sale of Santa suits will be sent to Maovember. In addition, any Santas who already have suits are welcome to make donations! A donation of 毛500 (¥50) will get you this snazzy button to show off to all of your reindeer and elves!

You can learn more about Maovember here.

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The Throwdown!

After we’ve wound our way through the city, the sleigh ride will come to an end at 4 Corners for the Nice List Throwdown for all of the good little boys, girls & others, featuring a roof-raising performance by Beijing legends Stevie Mac and the Mac Daddies! Expect Santas to make it here by 9:30pm, with specials on offer for those still in their holiday attire!

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The Santa Suit-Up

Location: Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant

Address: Grand Summit, No.19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区东方东路19号楼一层F109)

Phone: 010-8531-5166 / 8531-5266

Map (Englsh): https://goo.gl/maps/645SjKMxrD42

Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/CH98_0C362V6

The Nice List Throwdown

Location: 4 Corners

Address: 27 Dashibei Hutong, ShiChaHai, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009 (北京市西城区大石碑胡同27号(近鼓楼区))

Phone: 6401-7797

Map (English): https://goo.gl/maps/pW8EgvQ9GFs

Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/Jqin_0483MUK

The Route

After folks have had a chance to gather together at Brotzeit, Santa will send out a message letting everybody know when it’s time to move on and the party will head out into the streets. Messages will be dispatched from the North Pole throughout the day revealing new locations, so listen for shouts from Santa’s helpers and look for messages on WeChat to help you find your way!

The Rules

For Santas who are new to SantaCon, please take a few moments to review Santa’s Rules to make sure that you stay on Santa”s Nice List!

See you soon, Santas!

5 things you can’t go to Santacon without, according to Mrs Claus

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  1. Santa suit.
    Santa without a suit is like Beijing without jianbing: unrecognisable. Order, buy, make, beg, borrow, steal-get your Santa suit or be left feeling like Rudolph before Santa accepted him. Alternatively some Santa suits will be available for sale for charity on the day.
  2. Warm clothes.
    Even the big man in red from the North Pole gets cold in Beijing’s freezing winter…make sure to stay warm. Be warned that charity Santa suits are unlikely to protect you from any weather. They will insulate holly and jolly though.
  3. Attitude and behaviour in line with avoiding serious naughty list.
    Santa does not have a bail fund to help other Santas out of jail. At this time of year as all good boys and girls are wanting to get on Santa’s nice list, Santa is modelling best (grown-up) behaviour.
  4. Gifts and/or good Santa vibes.
    Feel free to borrow some gifts from the Elves’ Christmas stockpile for Santacon Beijing observers and Santas. Candy or toys are acceptable for children and toys for good grown-ups are also allowed. Do not bring coal or mean gifts to give, as Santa hasn’t yet finalised his naughty list.
  5. Understanding that you are Santa.
    All Santas are Santa! As such, address other Santas as “Santa”. Santacon is organised only by Santa, so if you are Santa then you are the organiser of Santacon.

    Lastly, while Mrs Claus was happy to share this Buzzfeed-esque list, she reminds Santas to remain on the Nice list and do not talk to the press.

    No Santa can speak for all Santas and Beijing Santas especially don’t like the press.

First cable from North Pole

Ho! Ho! Ho! Welcome all Santas to Beijing Santacon 2018. Santa’s elves will be sharing information about next Saturday December 1 on this website. Their first cable from the North Pole is regarding ways to remain on Santa’s “Nice” list.

1. Santa only gets out once a year so he makes sure he looks his best. A red hat does not a Santa make. If you aren’t able to get your Santa suit before next Saturday there will be some suits for sale on the day with all proceeds to charity.

2. Stay away from Santa’s “Naughty” List. Santa’s elves won’t tolerate any harassment. Santa’s reputation needs to be maintained, don’t be THAT Santa.

3. Remember to identify yourself and address your fellow Santas as “Santa”. Potentially even consider an alias change.

On the 10th day before Christmas, Santa sent to me…Beijing’s 10th Santacon!

Mark your calendars, boys and girls! This year the holly and the jolly will gather together on Saturday, December 1st for a fun-filled, cheer-spreading sleigh ride through the streets of Beijing!

Now in its 24th year, and celebrating its 10th anniversary in Beijing, SantaCon is the global non-denominational, non-religious and totally non-sensical celebration of all things Santa! If you’ve never heard of SantaCon, or to learn more about the event’s history and other SatnaCon events around the world, click here.

As usual, Santa will be teaming up with Beijing’s best venues across the city to facilitate much merriment. Plus, Santa will be helping to raise money for some wonderful charities through Maovember along the way.

The exact route that Santa, his elves and all of the reindeer will follow is top secret… as are the details surrounding the amazing after party & concert! He’ll be making his list and checking it twice all the way up until the night before, so stay tuned to this space and keep your eyes peeled on your favorite social media platform for updates sent out by Santa and his helpful elves.

There are lots of surprises in store this year! See you on December 1st!

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Beijing SantaCon Starting and Ending Locations Announced!

It’s Happening, Santas! SantaCon kicks off tomorrow morning at 11:30am with the Santa Suit-up at a single location: The Local! (Note: There is no Wudaokou starting point this year!) Bring your holiday best – layered for the cold, of course – and be ready for some serious holly-ing & jolly-ing!

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After we’ve wound our way through the city, the sleigh ride will come to an end at 4 Corners with a Nice List Throwdown for all of the good little boys, girls & others, featuring a roof-raising performance by Beijing legends Tavey Lean and the Solid Gold Dream Machine! Expect Santas to make it here by 10:30pm, with specials on offer for those still in their holiday attire!
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Here are the particulars:

The Santa Suit-Up

Location: The Local
Address: Courtyard 4 (opposite west entrance of 1949 – The Hidden City), Gongti Beilu (朝阳区工体北路4号院 (1949西门对面))
Phone: 6591-9525
Web: http://www.beijing-local.com/contact
Map (Englsh): https://goo.gl/maps/Vu129sqovJ12
Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/5tAoL_0253QeA

The Nice List Throwdown

Location: 4 Corners
Address: 27 Dashibei Hutong, ShiChaHai, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009 (北京市西城区大石碑胡同27号(近鼓楼区))
Phone: 6401-7797
Map (English): https://goo.gl/maps/pW8EgvQ9GFs
Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/Jqin_0483MUK

The Route

After folks have had a chance to gather together at The Local, Santa will send out a message letting everybody know when it’s time to move on and the the party will head out into the streets. Messages will be dispatched from the North Pole throughout the day revealing new locations, so listen for shouts from Santa’s helpers and look for messages on WeChat to help you find your way!

See you soon, Santas!

The Rules of Santacon

Be the Best Santa You Can Be

Naughty-List-Notice

SantaCon is almost here! As the day draws closer its time for Santas across Beijing to start making plans for the epic city-wide celebration that’s coming! So what can a Santa do to have the best experience possible? Here are some essential tips:

Dress Up! Remember: Santa looks like Santa. A Santa hat is not enough. Buy a suit, make a suit, borrow a suit or steal a suit. Elves, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and unusual interpretations of Santa are appreciated. Glue cotton balls to red long johns if you have to. If all else fails, Santa’s helpers will have a limited number of Santa suits on sale at our “Santa Suit-Up” events for ¥50 each, with all proceeds going to support the Maovember charities, Bread of Life Bakery and The Library Project.

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Bundle Up! Beijing will feel like the North Pole on Saturday, with temperatures currently predicted to barely reach 5°C (39°F). Be sure to wear layers and double up on your socks!
Prep Your Sleigh! Santa loves public transportation! While we won’t know the route details until the day itself, it’s almost guaranteed that the party will jump onto the subway or a bus at some point. Come prepared with a subway card that’s got enough credit on it to get you across the ‘Jing.
Santa Is Santa! You are Santa. Address your fellow Santas as “Santa.”
Be Jolly! Santa is a jolly ol’ elf, so act the part! Spread good cheer with your loudest “Ho, Ho, Ho!”
Bring Gifts! Naughty gifts are okay for adults, nice gifts (like small toys and candy) for the kids. Throwing coal at people is discouraged no matter who they are.
Santa Doesn’t Talk To the Press! Even “Ho, Ho, Ho!” is controversial these days. Seriously, no-one speaks for Santa – not you, not that Santa over there, not even that other Santa. If somebody with a camera or a microphone asks you for our opinion, since you’re dressed like Santa, the media might treat it as Santa’s opinion.
Santa Doesn’t Get Arrested! There is no bail fund for incarcerated Santas and if you cross that line, you’re on your own. Be nice to authorities and business owners.
Santa Is the Only Organizer of SantaCon! Everybody participating in SantaCon is Santa. If somebody asks you who is “in charge” you can honestly say, “Santa.”

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Finally… remember “The Four F*cks”:
Don’t f*ck with kids.
Don’t f*ck with cops.
Don’t f*ck with security.
Don’t f*ck with Santa.

SantaCon Does Maovember

Santa Supports Maovember!

Over the years, Santa’s elves have made sure that SantaCon has meant more than just a rollicking party through the hutongs. At the start of each sleigh ride, there have been Santa Suits available for purchase for Santas who weren’t able to find their costumes in time. All money collected for these suits has been donated to various charities.
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This year, in honor of his famous facial hair Santa is happy to announce that all proceeds raised during this year’s SantaCon will be going to support Maovember and its designated charities, Bread of Life Bakery & The Library Project!

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In addition to all money collected for Santa suits, there will be pins for sale for 500 Mao (¥50), with all proceeds going to Maovember.

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Currently celebrating its 5th year, Maovember has become a Beijing-based institution that has spread to cities throughout China and around the Asia-Pacific region. It is an annual campaign that teams restaurants, bars, vendors and customers for good causes.

So far this year the folks behind Maovember, along with the collaborating venues, have raised almost 720,000 Mao (¥72,000) towards their 1 Million Mao goal (¥100,000) through events like the Mao’roccan Thanksgiving Feast at Caravan, the Mystery Wine Party at Q Bar, the Corn-Toss Classic at The Irish Volunteer, and many more. There is even a maniac who has vowed to walk 900 kilometers during the month of November to raise funds.

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Santa is thrilled to be able to support the efforts of everybody involved with the Maovember movement! So come on out for your regular dose of holiday fun and help spread good cheer to people in need!

Santa Speaks!!!

#1 Rule of SantaCon: “Santa Looks Like Santa”

SantaCon is not just a bar crawl. It is an unabashedly silly celebration of all things Holly and Jolly! And the thing that’s turned it into the global phenomenon that it is today has been the dedication of all participants to take on the mantle of “Santa” by singing, being “nice”, giving out gifts and, most importantly, dressing the part.
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Don’t be THAT Santa

Just tossing on a hat and draping a few strands of tinsel around your neck is not enough. Santa comes in many forms, many colors and has lots of cultural contexts but one thing is constant through all of his/her iterations: A holiday-themed get-up.

The “standard” Santa suit is always a winner, but if you want to represent your culture, feel free to make some changes! Try differnet colors, or even a lack of color, like this Santa in San Francisco a few years ago.

Be Creative

There are lots of ways to spread cheer! If you want to show off your creativity or if you want to do something more than just a Santa suit, try thinking outside of the box! Christmas trees, snowpeople and even Candy cane mohawks are all welcome!
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Get On it!

While Santa’s Helpers will be available at the starting points on December 2 to sell a limited number of Santa costumes (all proceeds from costume sales will be donated to charity), there’s no reason to wait until the last minute! Taobao is full of hundreds of vendors selling Santa suits and other costumes. If you’re not a Chinese-speaking Santa, try BaoPals for easy English shopping. Just search for “圣诞老人服装” (Shèngdàn Lǎorén Fúzhuāng)

You can also check out this BuzzFeed article, or this Pinterest list for lots of examples of creative SantaCon costumes.

See you on December 2!

Beijing Santacon 2017 is around the corner

Mark your calendars, boys and girls! This year the holly and the jolly will gather together on Saturday, December 2nd for a fun-filled, cheer-spreading sleigh ride through the sreets of Beijing!

Now in its 23rd year, SantaCon is the global non-denominational, non-religious and totally non-sensical celebration of all things Santa! If you;ve never heard of SantaCon, or to learn more about the event’s history and other SatnaCon events around the world, click here: https://www.santacon.info/about.html

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The exact route that Santa, his elves and all of the reindeer will follow is top secret! He’ll be making his list and checking it twice all the way up until the night before, so stay tuned to this space and keep your eyes peeled on your favorite social media platform for updates sent out by Santa and his helpful elves.

There are lots of surprises in store this year! See you on December 2nd!!

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SantaCon Starting Points Revealed!

SantaCon Eve is upon us! Santas will start gathering at 11:30am in the following spots:

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Wudaokou

Pyro Pizza
Address: Chengfu Rd., Haidian (邮政编码)
Phone: 8286-6240
Map (Google): https://goo.gl/maps/2gERLwqFttv
Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/6edql_03424Gw

Eastern/Central Beijing

4 Corners
Address: 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District / 西城区, 大石碑胡同27号 (烟袋斜街西口附近)
Phone: 6401-7797
Map (Google): https://goo.gl/maps/9wpT8ShVfnr
Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/329FC_0961Uja

For Santas who don’t have their proper holiday attire, Helper Elves will be on hand at both locations who will be selling Santa suits. The price is ¥50 each, with all money collected being donated to Bethel China. These suits will only be available at he starting locations, and we’l move on from those spots after about an hour, so if you need one don’t be a late Santa!

As always, SantaCon will move around the city to spread holiday cheer, but this year will be a bit different than years past. Instead of jumping from place to place every hour or so, Santas will descend on 2 “Santa Zones” during the day for extended periods. Multiple establishments in each Zone will open their doors, allowing for more Holly-ing and Jolly-ing and less running around!

Get ready for loads of Santa-riffic fun!!!

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Ho Ho Ho!!