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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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Santacon 04 - Punk Rock Santa

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 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