Beijing SantaCon Starting Points & After Party Announced!!

SantaCon Kicks off at 11:30am tomorrow at Sugar Shack in Wudaoku, 4 Corners in Gulou and The Brick in Shuangjing! We’ll go all day long and into the night. We won’t stop moving until we wrap things up with a party at Parlor, featuring a special performance by Tavey Lean and the Solid Gold Dream Machine! Here are the particulars:

Starting Points

Wudaokou

Location: Sugar Shack Pizza
Address: Huaqing Jiayuan, Building 12 (basement, below the 7-11), Wudaokou, Haidian District
Phone: 8286-6240
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-1
City Weekend page: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-1a

Gulou

Location: 4 Corners
Address: Dashibei Hutong, 27, Xichedng District
Phone: 6401-7797
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-2
City Weekend page: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-2a

Shuangjing

Location: The Brick
Address: 2-11 Tianzhijiaozi, Shuangjing
Phone: 5623-4322
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-3
City Weekend page: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaConStart-3a

The Route

SataCon moves from place to place all day and the various groups will converge sometime in the afternoon. At the appropriate time Santa will send out a message letting everybody know when it’s time to move on. These messages will be sent via Twitter, Facebook and WeChat. Follow the hashtag “#BJSantaCon” to see the Tweets, or get on touch with somebody at SantaCon and have them pass the message along to you. You can also join one of Santa’s “Nice” lists on WeChat by scanning these QR codes:

The Afterparty

Location: Parlor
Address: 39-8 Xingfuercun, Chaoyang (Behind the Lamborghini dealership)
Phone: 8444-4135
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaCon-Afterparty
City Weekend page: http://tinyurl.com/BJSantaCon-Afterparty-a

Ho! Ho! Ho!

How to get the most out of your SantaCon!

How to get the most out of your SantaCon!

Everybody wants to have fun during SantaCon, so here are some tips that you can use to make the event as Merry as possible for you and all of the other Santas.

Dress appropriately! – A Santa hat alone is not enough, even if you’re a nudist. Also, keep the weather in mind. The current forecast is for temperatures to range between -8 and 3 during the day (18F – 37F). That’s chilly! Santa has devised a route that will involve as little walking as possible, but there will be periods when you could be out on the street for up to 15 minutes. Make sure you have enough layers to keep warm! You want to be able to remove some of them when you go from the chilly air into a warm venue.

Have lots of cash! – Just imagine if you’re a server trying to keep up with dozens of tabs and everyone looks like Santa. That’s some serious mafan! It’ll make life easier for you too because you won’t have to pay a tab when it comes time to leave. Most of the places on Santa’s list will be quick stops – 1 hour or less – so running a tab could lead to time being wasted and you being left behind.

Bring your Yikatong… with money on it! – There will be multiple starting points across Beijing (Wudaokou, Gulou & Shuangjing) and they will converge at some point, so there will be some use of public transit. Don’t be the Santa that gets left behind because you have to rummage in your sack for money or because you got stuck in line trying to buy a subway card.

Stay Connected! – Get a fellow Santa’s mobile phone number in case you are separated from the group. Also, network with other Santas and get added to one of Santa’s “Nice” Lists on WeChat so that you can get copied on announcements and directions when they come from the North Pole.

Eat! – Santa is responsible for his own feeding. Some of our stops will have food available. You could also buy some jianbìng from that vendor over there.

Pace Yourself! – Stay hydrated. Drink water in between your milk and cookies.

Be Jolly! – Santa is responsible for his own inebriation. SantaCon is not an open bar crawl — it’s a convention. With bar stops.

Be Nice! – Don’t be “that” Santa. Your friends want to have fun, not babysit you, scrape vomit out of your beard or prevent your wasted ass from stumbling in front of a bus.

Share! – Try to check-in at each of our stops to let everybody know where we’re at. Post photos and videos up onto Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag “#BJSantaCon” every time that you check-in or post anything. Also, if you end up taking some cool video consider submitting it to the SantaCon Film Project: https://www.santacon.info/film-project.html

Santa’s Answers

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Santa often gets asked the same questions. So here are the answers that s/he always gives in response:

Q: What is Santacon?
A: SantaCon is a non-denominational, non-religious and non-sensical celebration of all things Santa! People get dressed up in their finest holiday fare and join together for a festive day out on the town!

Q: When is Santacon?
A: This year it’s on Saturday, December 13! Sleighs take off at 11:30am and won’t come down until the wee hours!

Q: Where does SantaCon start?
A: There are dozens of cities around the world celebrating SantaCon (see a list here), but in Beijing there will be multiple starting points: in Wudaoku, Gulou and Shuangjing. The exact locations will be announced the night before on this space and on Twitter, Facebook, Weibo and WeChat. At some point during the day the groups will converge and become a truly Holly & Jolly flashmob of Santa-y fun!

Q: How will I know where to go?
A: Once you get to the starting point, just follow the crowd! If you’re going to be a late Santa, details on the next stop will be sent from the North Pole whenever it’s time to move. The Messages will go out via Twitter, Facebook and Weibo. Santas will also be checking in wherever they go. Just follow the hashtag #BJSantaCon and you won’t be left out. Finally, lots of good little boys and girls have been getting added onto Santa’s “Nice” List on WeChat. Find a friend who’s on the list to get added and you’ll get copied on Santa’s messages during the day!

Q: Do I really need to wear a costume?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I don’t have a costume?
A: Get online and buy one! Santa has heard that his Workshop’s main competition in China is something called “Taobao”. That’ll probably work. Or hit up the markets around town. Santa’s Helpers will be selling some one-size-fits-all Santa costumes at all of the starting points, but they’ll be first-come, first-served. All proceeds from costume sales will go to support Bethel China.

Q: Who is organizing this year’s SantaCon?
A: Santa

Ho-Ho-Ho Beijing Ren! Just 6 days until SantaCon!!

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Without rules there is chaos, and who wants chaos to ruin everybody’s good time?

With the big day coming this weekend, it’s important to let everybody who is looking forward to participating know about Santa’s Rules for SantaCon:

1. Santas look like Santa

It’s called “SantaCon” for a reason, folks. Don’t be that lone party pooper who shows up in civvies. If you can’t find a costume on your own there will be a **limited** number of one-size-fits-all costumes for sale at all starting points, but you really should arrive prepared. Get onto Taobao, go to a local market. If you can’t find a Santa costume, or if that seems boring, get creative! Holiday elves are welcome! Santa needs Reindeer! There was even a couple who dressed up a gifts to each other one year. Anything goes, so long as it’s Holly and Jolly! Just don’t show up without having tried. That’ll get you onto Santa’s “Naughty” list.

2. Remember the Four Fucks:

Don’t fuck with kids – Santa loves kids, and kids love Santa. Taking pictures and handing out treats is good. Teasing or inappropriate lap-sitting is most definitely not.

Don’t fuck with Santa – Santa is a jolly old elf, so be jolly. Don’t be a dick. Treat every Santa the same way that you want to be treated.

Don’t fuck with Security – Because they will call the police! We want to spead good cheer to the places that we visit, not make them regret inviting us to come.

Don’t fuck with the Police – Because they will arrest your ass. Be a fucktard on your own time. Not when the rest of us are around. If you get arrested, you’re on your own. When they ask you to leave, BE NICE, and do as you’re told. (Ask some veteran Santas about our scare on Tiananmen Square a few years back!)

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3. Remember, the answer is: “Santa!”

It’s very important how we deal with the public, private security, and most importantly, the media. If asked, this is how you should answer:

What’s your name? SANTA
Who’s in charge? SANTA
Who are you with? SANTA
What organization are you with? SANTA
Who organized this? SANTA
Who just puked in that trashcan? SANTA

There are folks who figure honesty is the best policy and that’s fine. The above statements are true. If you’re on one of Santa’s WeChat lists, feel free to add friends who want to come along, but…

Don’t point out someone
Don’t give out a name
Don’t supply an e-mail address
Don’t hand out a phone number

Dumb stares are easy. If you can’t be clever, don’t be a rat. You don’t know anything. You just showed up in your Santa suit. You heard about it but don’t remember. People work hard to pull this shit together. The least you can do is act dumb and cover their butt in case of trouble. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN CONDUCT.

Finally, please remember that SantaCon isn’t just about having fun this year, it’s about creating something nice for our city and making sure that we can continue to hold this happy event in Beijing for years to come, so do your best to stay on Santa’s “Nice” list!