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…
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!
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!
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.
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!
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))
Map (English): https://goo.gl/maps/pW8EgvQ9GFs
Map (Chinese): http://f.amap.com/Jqin_0483MUK
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!
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!