Santacon: It's Not Just Bros Puking in Your Neighborhood!
Santa Claus isn't just a menace to all that is good and holy: he also brings presents! On Saturday, sixty venues who participated in NYC Santacon donated a portion of the day's proceeds to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation: as of right now, they've reported $20,000, with a projected total of $45,000.
All Santacon participants were asked to bring two cans of food to support local food banks. Santas donated 6,850 lbs of canned food at the event's starting point, which City Harvest is distributing. Twenty-two venues also collected canned food from Santas, the total weight of which will be available soon.
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What is Santacon?
Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.
It’s your chance to spread holiday cheer in the most magical and absurd way possible.
What isn't Santacon?
Santacon is not a bar crawl. Every time you call it that, a sugarplum fairy dies.
Do I have to dress as Santa?
Santa only gets jolly with those in full, head-to-toe costume.
Just wearing a Santa hat doesn’t cut it – you will be jeered off the sleigh.
Can I be an elf or toy soldier or dreidel instead?
Ho-ho-hell yes. Santa loves creativity.
Check out Stories from Santacon
for some favorites from years past.
When is Santacon?
Saturday, December 15th, 2012. Starts early, goes late.
What shouldn't I bring?
Open containers of alcohol. You will be arrested, and Santa won’t feel sorry for you.
Your douchebag friends (cool friends who drink responsibly and respect others are fine).
What can I do to prepare?
Where do I sign up?
Sign up in person at the North Pole, two sleigh-lengths past Rudolph’s stable and just outside of the candy cane forest.
Or, watch nycsantacon.com
and follow @santacon on Twitter
to find out where to go.
How do I sign up for text message alerts from Santa’s Twitter?
If you want Santa's tweets to be sent to your phone via SMS text message,
you can text “follow @santacon” to 40404.
You can later text "unfollow @santacon" to 40404 to stop receiving tweets.
Click here for a full list of Twitter SMS commands.
Santa says to expect some changes this year. What’s he talking about?
In the past, all Santas traveled as a group and nobody knew where Santa was going except for Santa.
This year, Santa will post a loose route about a week before Santacon. You’ll be able to see which neighborhoods Santa plans to visit, when Santa will be there, and a list of recommended venues and activities for each. Santa will still tweet when it’s time to move to the next area, plus send red-nosed bulletins throughout the day.
Santa encourages you to guide your own sleigh – you can plan a route for yourself and your elves ahead of time, or just show up at the start point and see where the holiday spirit takes you.
Why the change?
According to the North Pole Analytics Division, approximately 20,000 Santas participated in Santacon last year. Trying to squeeze so much Santa belly through one route resulted in overcrowding, traffic problems, trash problems, and traumatized New Yorkers.
Santa hopes that a less compressed route will make life easier for people who live and work in the neighborhoods Santa visits.
Santa also wants to make life easier for fellow Santa! Posting the route ahead of time means Santa can spend less time trying to get into packed venues, meet up with his elves, and follow the crowd … and more time having a holly-jolly Christmas.
Santa still strongly recommends starting at the start point. It’s the only time of day when all Santas will be together in one spot, and the spectacle of many thousand Santas is not to be missed.
I want to market my business to Santa. Can I buy ad space on nycsantacon.com?
No. Never. Santa is not for sale.
Have a question that isn’t answered here?
(Questions that are answered here will be ignored, as will your stocking this Christmas.)
Santa does not accept corporate sponsorship.