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Have you ever thought: this Christmas Ale would taste much better if I was dressed as Santa while imbibing it? Of course you have, which is why you need to get out to Santacon on Saturday, December 20, presented by Scene Magazine and Future Friends and Associates.
Santacon is actually a worldwide event, now in it’s 20th year. It’s based on a pretty simple premise: get a group of people together dressed like Santa. Be jolly. The end.
Because we’re Cleveland, our Santacon is a bar crawl, naturally. Cleveland’s Santacon will be taking over West 25th Street in Ohio City with a parade of jolly Mr. and Mrs. Clauses. Participants will meet at Bar Cento/Bier Markt between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday, December 20 to receive wristbands and maps of participating bars.
There is a $10 registration fee, which gets you a wristband, map, and access to drink specials at participating bars. If you pre-register online, you’ll also receive $10 off Cleveland Scene’s Whiskey Business event on Friday, December 19.
And to make this display of holiday merriment even better, proceeds from Santacon benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.
There is a full list of Santacon “rules” that you can read here, but a couple of my favorites are reprinted below, so you have a sense of the fun spirit of Santacon:
3. Holiday apparel is mandatory. A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit. If you don’t have any money, be creative. If you don’t have any creativity, slap yourself three times and ask your mom to help you. Glue cotton balls to red long johns. Make it purple. Make it pink. Make it plaid. Already have a Santa suit? Bring spare parts for the Santafication of strangers. Examples: Santa Claws, Santa Garcia, Santa’s naughty little helper, misfit toy, elf, Grinch, angel, Jesus, snowman, nutcracker, reindeer. So we’re pretty flexible here.
7. Memorize these answers to important questions that may arise:
Q: Who’s in charge? A: Santa.
Q: What organization are you with? A: Santa.
Q: What are you protesting? A: Sh*tty holiday parties.
Q: How did you get here? A: A sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
Q: Where are you going next? A: I’m only allowed to tell you if you wear this hat and buy me a beer.
Santacon sounds like a perfectly fun, merry, and Cleveland way to spend a pre-holiday weekend! Cheers!