Imagine thousands of white bearded, red suited revellers spreading cheer and goodwill across London or in other words….a mob of drunken Santas bringing merriment and chaos everywhere they go. Let me introduce you to Santacon and Santa Lash. And I’ve done both.<
Santa Lash is the annual night of red and white madness where Santa can take a break for one night of bearded madness with hundreds of his Santa mates, all in the name of charity. It’s the biggest organized Santa Pub Crawl in the UK. All you need is a ticket and a Santa costume and they’ll assign you to your Santa Team. Teams go east, teams go west stopping at around 6 pubs before all Santas (at least the one’s still standing) meet up at the final destination. Prepare for more booze than you can handle, seeing the shock in little kid’s faces as hundreds of Santa’s walk by, your £2 Santa suit evaporating by 11pm, and more importantly, they’ve raised over £20,000 for charity.
Tip: Don’t go on Santa Lash if you’re supposed to pick up your wife at the airport the next day 🙂
Santacon is the annual mass gathering of people dressed…well…as Santa, parading through the streets and in bars in cities worldwide in 33 countries and 231 cities…and counting. All you know is where to meet and the rest is like a spontaneous flash mob of drinking, singing Christmas carols, giving small gifts to random strangers and for some reason which I still haven’t figured out…the throwing of brussel sprouts at each other? This thing is not organized and it’s chaotic but it’s open to anyone and everyone who wants to join, usually in the thousands.
It’s no use telling any of these Santas what you want for Christmas, although I’m sure more than a few would let you sit on their lap.
Tip: If you show up dressed as an elf, you’ll pay the consequences.