Santacon : The Great Santa Rampage

It’s SANTACON! a Great Santa rampage.
SANTACON 2015 DATE: Saturday, December 12, 2015.
STARTS 6 PM. SANTAS CONVERGE AT JUGGLING GYPSY, where we will depart for places unknown
Passenger vans with designated Drivers will be on standby to whisk Santas to various destinations. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! *
$10 secures you a space in the Vans for a worry-free evening. CLICK THE CART to Reserve your spot today via Paypal.

Happening in many major cities and smaller towns near you. Worldwide, and of course, right here in Wilmington, NC, baby!
Read below to find out how to be the best Santa that you can be (And to learn more about this annual tradition.)

Simply put, everyone dresses up as Santa, Mrs Claus, Elves, etc. Armed with Naughty Christmas Carol Books, Santas pile in rented vans, and whisk away to undisclosed locations to spread holiday confusion and entertainment. A santa hat alone will not do. Go all out. And show up on time. We don’t want to leave you behind.

WANT TO GO? Click on the Official facebook event, so we know you’re coming! HERE

Santacon Wilmington NC 2015

Santacon WIlmington NC 2015 December 12, 2015. 6PM at Juggling Gypsy.

Santacon Gallery of Yore

Santacon is a worldwide phenomenon occurring in cities across the globe, where strange people dress up like Santa, form a mob of renegade Santas, and ascend upon unwitting establishments, such as malls, bars (a favorite Santa destination), and other public areas. In short, it’s a cacaphonous public spectacle, where Santas, Ms Clauses, elves, reindeer, and the occasional Present (aka: you in your holiday costumes!) converge at the same time in wild but respectful holiday fashion to confuse the general public, invade bars, public places, and sing slightly naughty christmas carols. Lots of fun to shake off the cold, and put some fun back into an otherwise overcommericalized holiday! Think Holiday Flash Mob.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015. (if it’s past 2015, look for the new date) Santas will begin converging on the Juggling Gypsy Café, early early evening, then collectively heading to the first of many Santa destinations. Vans leave by 6PM.

WHY (would anyone do that) ?
When you put dozens upon dozens of Santas in the same room, a Great Santa bravado occurs. It’s comical, it’s exhilarating, and sometimes frightening, as many Santas invade a singular destination, each declaring themselves as the REAL Santa… No one knows what to expect. We support lots of small businesses, by packing them to the walls for a short time with plenty of festive patrons. and just like that…we’re gone.


Only the Sleigh Drivers know for sure where Santa will be going… Before the day of Santacon, A “Santinerary” is planned, with a Head Santa wrangling all Santas to a series of destinations. Imagine trying to get a gang of Santas, Mrs Clauses and random elves, to get on the Santa vans, only to head to various bars, public areas & wreaking holiday cheer~ Santa mob style.

You. AS Santa, Mrs Claus, or an Elf. Get a Santa Hat and Beard from CVS, or Walmart or out of your closet: Take some pillow stuffing, and wrap it around your Sleeves, get a big black belt, stuff some pillows under your shirt for your belly, and look like Santa~! Say a couple of HO!s, Show up to the Gypsy and declare yourself the REAL SANTA to all the other Santas and take charge. Don’t be a dork and just show up in a santa hat. You have to be passable as Santa in some incarnation. This is not a Juggling Gypsy event. It is a worldwide holiday event. The Gypsy is just providing a centralized meeting space. Other Santacons may be taking place earlier, or elsewhere on the same night. This is a big thing, folks.

HOW do I get involved with SANTACON?
Click Attend on the Facebook Event. the 2015 event link is here. Don’t have facebook? Click to email us“> Let us know you’re coming.
Our SANTACON hotline is (910) 763-2223. Leave your contact info any time after 3PM.
A Santa will contact you, and give you the Itinerary, departure times, and a Santa Cell # in case you get lost during Santacon. Santas Stick together.

Want to learn more? this is a world-wide event! Check these links.

WARNING: In all its years, the Santacons have developed certain traditions. Like drinking WINDEX and Caroling. Ok… you’re not really drinking Windex, but it’s Blue Juice and really confuses the uneducated spectator. More info on naughty carol downloads, Santa Etiquette, and how to make a cool costume.


Santas Sing Christmas carols. And it’s a GREAT idea to have your own. One more thing to lose during your adventures. 😉
PRINT YOUR CAROL BOOK NOW. ( yes, right now!)

CASH. Santas are quick movers. Leaving a tab open in a bar risks Santa getting left behind.
YOUR ID: This is not a bar crawl…though they area Santa Favorite. Make sure it is easily accessible, but not easily dropped.
UMBRELLA: If it rains, you dont want to be a wet santa.
CANDY SACK: Santa loves to throw candy to or at people. A Santa sack can hold All your goodies, and beat other Santaas with. ( kidding)
“WINDEX”: A very clean Spray bottle of Windex, Pine Sol, Febreze, or other Commercial cleaner bottle, to hold your Santa Juice.

You are Santa. Santa rules. People will approach you and ask you questions, like:
Who are you? answer: Santa
No, really, who are you? Santa, stupid.
C’mon, what’s your name? What part of SANTA didn’t you understand?
Where are you from? The North Pole get the idea. BE SANTA.

When the Santas Hit a destination, Santas tend to spread out. But when it’s time to go, Grab your nearest Santas, scan the area for more, check the nooks and crannies, and the bathrooms, and Drag those Santas Outta there! Communicate on Text, megaphone, smoke signal, etc. No Santa Left Behind.

After Santas have had a bunch of Eggnog, sometimes, smaller groups of Santas try to faction off to go to different bars. If a Santa Near you is talking about splitting off, talk them out of it. SANTAS STICK TOGETHER. Santas Are stronger in large quantities, and a tiny group of 4 stumbling Santas is just damn pathetic. STAY STRONG. STAY TOGETHER.

SANTA DOESN’T PAY (for cover charges)
When Santas are confronted with a bouncer who tries to charge a door cover, remind them politely that it is holiday tradition to let Santas in for free…whether the door guy knows it or not. If faced with a cover charge, Santas gang together and chant “Santa Doesn’t Pay!”. That usually does the trick. If the doorman is a hard-ass, whip out your Naughty caroling book, and sing your Heart out! When all else fails, we bring the herd elsewhere.

THE NORTH POLE HIERARCHY APPLIES to other Holiday Personalities:
In past years and places, during Santacon, there have been elves, reindeer, Jack Frosts, and snowmen joining us. If you are someone thinking of Being one of these or other characters, you are more than welcome. But DO remember, the SAME hierarchy applies to Santacon as does the North Pole. Santa Tells Reindeer and elves what to do. Mrs Claus does anything she wants.

You have the internet, don’t you? If not, you’re not reading this.

1 Santa Hat
1 Santa Beard
1 Red jacket *you can add the white fuzzy material around the sleeves, lapels, and bottom
1 Black Belt
1 white under shirt
1 pair of red pants
1 pair of black shoes or preferably boots
1 pillow for belly

1 pair of spectacles
1 red sack ( for goodies and personal effects)
1 bell
1 pair of white or black gloves

Now that you know what you need, here’s how to get ’em.

Santa Hat: available at CVS, Walmart, department stores for dirt cheap.
We recommend buying the Combo Hat/beard to save time and worry, while looking Santastic on the adventure.

If you can’t find the Hat/beard Combo, you can make a beard from whatever white fuzzy material you use to add onto your santa coat.

Santa Beard and other fuzzy white parts:
There are many ways to do this~ here are 2 suggestions…

WHITE FELT: If you buy a measely 2 yards of white fuzzy material, you’ll have enough to make the beard, and the white fuzzys that santa wears around his sleeve cuffs, ankle cuffs, collar, and the lapels of the jacket. Felt is super cheap and sold by the yard at places Like Joann’s Fabrics in the Lowes Shopping Center on College Rd, or just across the street, at AC Moore Craft Store.

LAST DITCH PILLOW FUZZ: You can find any old mangy pillow and have enough material to make the suit fuzz AND the beard. But we’ve seen these tend to fall apart easier. But LOOK more authentic. Open a pillow, Roll the fuzz between your hands vigorously, stretch, and bend into the desired lengths and shapes. Hairspray glue, or spray adhesive also helps hold it together.

You can attach material to your santa coat by using spray adhesive, elmers glue, or safety pins.

Red Jacket. Any oversized red coat will do, but a red robe will make you a warm, stylish Santa. Robes in major department stores can cost a lot, but Santas Do it on the cheap. So check your local thrift stores. When you’re there, also Look for: BLACK BELT, Black Boots or shoes, red pants, white shirt, bell, gloves, bag, pillow.

Alternative Santas: Besides the classic Santa, there are other major depictions of Santa we’ve found. Remember the ones of Santa wearing a “wife beater sleeveless t-shirt, another shows him in a thermal body suit. Honestly, nobody’s going to look that closely…but if you’re going authentic, dig something up.

This should get you most of the way there. The rest is up to you. Show up BEFORE 6PM.

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