The Rules of Santacon

Be the Best Santa You Can Be


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.

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.”


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.