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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

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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!!

Santa Sugnature

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!!

Santa Says: Rules of SantaCon

So your going to SantaCon. Good for you! Santa is excited to see you there! Before you don your Holiday Best, keep in mind some of the guidelines for SantaCon that have made it the amazing, fun, globe-spanning event that it is. The most important for those of us here in Beijing are as follows:

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1) Dress up! A Santa hat alone is not enough. You don’t have to dress exactly like Santa but the theme is red. That having been said, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are often appreciated and Christmas trees, elves, reindeer themes, etc. are all good.

2) Dress warmly! The happiest Santas are the ones who are prepared for those Siberian winds that blow through Beijing this time of year.

3) Address your fellow Santa as “Santa.”

3) Bring your subway card! Santa is all about spreading holiday cheer, so he’ll be moving around the city. Santa is also all about sustainable travel, so trains and buses will most likely be utilized. (Plus, who doesn’t love a trainload/busload of jolly ol’ elves?!)

4) Bring small denominations! If you’re not one of those Santas who can use WeChat or AliPay, do the Nice thing and help out the staff of the establishments that will host us and try to have exact change. It’ll keep the lines moving.

5) 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. You can express your opinion but, since you’re dressed like Santa, the media might treat it as Santa’s opinion.

6) Drink responsibly! Being drunk &/or disorderly in public will tarnish Santa’s reputation. One Naughty Santa can ruin things for an entire group because we’re all dressed the same, duh. Don’t be that Santa.

7) Be Nice! Be polite and cultivate the goodwill of the local community.

8) Santa is the only organizer of SantaCon. If somebody asks you who is “in charge” you can honestly say, “Santa.”

You can Check out a full list of Santa’s Guidelines and read more about how this whole crazy thing got started by clicking here: https://www.santacon.info/about.html

See you on Saturday!!

Santa Sugnature

HO-HO-HO!!

Number 1 Rule of SantaCon: Santa Looks like Santa!

Santa’s Elves are counting down the days until this Saturday’s SantaCon extravaganza! Are you ready? As we march ever-closer to the big day, remember the number 1 rule of SantaCon: Santa looks like Santa!

“Throw on a Santa hat and you’re good” is not the way that this works, so if you don’t have some wearable holiday cheer laying around, now’s the time to jump into action!

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If there are no stores at your local mega mall that carry Santa costumes, try searching for “圣诞老人服装” on your favorite Chinese shopping website. For those whose Chinese is limited, you can do the same search on BaoPals and order via their English language interface. (https://www.baopals.com)

Santa too generic for you? Try coming as Rudolph, or an Elf, or a candy cane. Even a wrapped present works! Be as creative as you want… just don’t be THAT person who shows up with some token ornament or no costume at all. Nobody likes a spoilsport non-Santa.

If you find yourself really hard up, there will be a limited number of Santa costumes available for purchase for ¥50 at one of the kick-off events at 11:30am on Saturday morning. (They will not be available later in the day.) All proceeds from costume purchases will be donated to Bethel China, which provides education and needed social services to visually impaired children.

Where, exactly, will those kick-off spots be? Check back here on Friday to find out!!

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Ho-Ho-Ho!

Beijing Santacon 2016: Here we come

Mark your calendars, boys and girls! This year the holly and the jolly will gather together on Saturday, December 10th for a fun-filled, cheer-spreading sleigh ride through the sreets of Beijing!

Now in its 22st 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 10!!

Santa Sugnature

Beijing Santacon Starting Points

Here Comes SantaCon! Here Comes SantaCon!

The wait is almost over! Tomorrow Santa rolls into Beijing in a BIG way, with jolly ol’ elves winding their way through the capital of the Middle Kingdom in a holly jolly horde!

Whether you’re on the east side of the city or the west, there’s a starting point convenient for you to get to. And they are…

East Side / Sanlitun – 11:00am

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
Map: http://www.beijing-local.com/contact

West Side / Wudaoku – 12:00pm

Sugar Shack
Address: Huaqing Jiayuan, Building 12 (basement, below the 7-11), Wudaokou (华清嘉园12号楼B1层)
Phone: 8286-6240
Map: http://sugarshackpizza.com/?page_id=33

Remember the first and most important of Santa’s Guidelines: Santa looks like Santa. So come dressed in your finest finery, ready to spread good cheer! If you don’t have a Santa costume and haven’t bothered to put together some other kind of creative holiday-themed outfit, get to the starting points early, as there will be a limited number of Santa suits available for purchase. The price is ¥50 each and all money collected gets donated to Bethel China.

Santa has a long list of nice places to visit, and he/she usually doesn’t stay in one spot for more than an hour, so be prepared to move!. Both sides will make their ways towards the center of the city as the day progresses, eventually meeting up in an explosion of Santas!

Santa will be sending messages to his/her elves, revealing when and where to move to next. Look for WeChat groups… follow friends in the know… follow the hashtag #BJSantaCon on Instagram… Or just listen for the Santa shouting directions.

See you tomorrow!!!!
Santa Sugnature