SantaCon Is on Its Way! Find Out if It’s Happening Near You

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You better watch out, you better not cry—SantaCon is on its way to cities around the nation this month. And if you're confused about what that even means, you're not alone. So, what is SantaCon? And is it coming to your town?

Hearing the name "SantaCon," for those who are already familiar, will likely either evoke a laugh and pleasant response, or one of deep annoyance. Immediately, they are able to remember the images of years past with hundreds upon hundreds of people dressed up as Santa Claus roaming their city's streets.

But where did this polarizing, festive event come from? Let's get into it—after all, here comes Santacon, here comes Santacon!

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What is SantaCon?

SantaCon is celebrated as an annual pub crawl where participants—all dressed up like Santa Claus—spend the day drinking at different participating bars.

As the SantaCon website says, "What is it? A SantaCon is a convention of santas - groups of men & women dressed like Santa. Why do it? Because it’s fun. That is all. It’s one of the few chances left for adults to be silly without any kind of agenda."

However, even though it is fun, it isn't family fun. The website emphasizes that unless your city's specific event says that it's family-friendly, you should assume it is not. There are also some rules and guidelines to look over if you are planning to attend a local event, including serious warnings to not drink and drive, suggestions to address your fellow Santas as "Santa" and dress up in Santa Claus or Christmas-themed garb, and more.
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When was the first SantaCon?

While an event of Santa-garbed people began in 1974 as an anti-consumerism demonstration, it wasn't until 1994 that the first official SantaCon took place, which happened in San Francisco.

When and where is SantaCon happening in 2022?

SantaCon is happening in so many locations across the country this year! We've got the list here:

Thursday, December 8:

  • Delray Beach, Florida

Saturday, December 10:

  • Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Decatur, Georgia
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Massillon, Ohio
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montebello, California
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Bern, North Carolina
  • New York, New York
  • Ocean City, Maryland
  • Palmer, Alaska
  • Paonia, Colorado
  • Patterson, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Redwood City, California
  • Rockaway Beach, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Sonoma, California
  • South Windsor, Connecticut
  • St Louis, Missouri
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Ventura, California
  • Wilmington, North Carolina

Thursday, December 15

  • Mystic, Connecticut

Friday, December 16

  • Benicia, California
  • Bryan College Station, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, December 17

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Campbell, California
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cocoa Village, Florida
  • Colchester, Connecticut
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Manassas, Virginia
  • McKinney, Texas
  • Milford, Connecticut
  • Monterey, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Plainfield, Illinois
  • Portland, Oregon,
  • San Rafael, California
  • Sand City, California
  • Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Seaside Heights, New Jersey
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • St Petersburg, Florida
  • Temecula, California
  • Washington, D.C.

Past SantaCon events 2022

Friday, December 2

  • Santa Cruz, California
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia

Saturday, December 3

  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Austin, Texas
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Felton, California
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Hayward, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kent Island, Maryland
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Mayville, Wisconsin
  • Michigan City, Indiana
  • Napa, California
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Portland, Maine
  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Westerly, Rhode Island
  • Windsor, California

SantaCon outfit ideas

Three options to give you some inspiration if you're interested in attending a SantaCon celebration this year.

Although it doesn't have a beard, one five-star review says it's "great for the money." It also includes a bright red flannel pullover jacket trimmed with white faux fur, pull-on pants designed to be tucked inside boots or included boot-tops and a classic Santa hat. Santa Suit with Gloves, $39 on Amazon

This 11-piece Santa suit includes a red plush coat, pants with pockets, Santa hat, belt, boot tops with matching white plush cuffs, gloves, glasses, wig, beard, gold gift bag and bell. Wine Red Santa Suit, $69.90-$84.91 on Amazon

Bring some style to SantaCon with this Mrs. Claus belted dress! Women's Mrs. Claus Outfit, $52.81 on Amazon

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