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Santarchy Washington DC 2017 (SantaCon) | Carousel on the National Mall | Saturday, 09. December 2017

SantarchyDC 2017 will be on December 9th at 1pm
Starting location: Carousel on the National Mall
Follow Santa on Twitter to keep up on movements throughout the day: @santarchydc.

Santarchy/Santacons take place every year (since 1999 in DC) in major cities all over the world, involving tens of thousands of Santas. Santarchy is a FREE, non-profit, non-political, non-religious & non-sensical celebration of holiday cheer, goodwill, and fun. There is no good reason to dress up in cheap Santa suits, run around town, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps, and decide who is naughty or nice -- but it's a whole lot of fun -- so Santa does it anyway.


1. Be Jolly.

2. 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 ***** 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. Past examples: Santa Claws, Santa Garcia, Santa's naughty little helper, misfit toy, elf, grinch, angel, Jesus, snowman, nutcracker, reindeer. In past years we've had robots, snoopy, and a really scary ginger bread monster... so we're pretty flexible here.

3. Twisting the holiday paradigm until it screams for mercy is fun! Getting arrested is not. Santa Claus is friendly, respectful, and cooperative with cops, security guards, park rangers, strippers, secret service agents, bouncers, bartenders, and store owners and doesn't break any laws!!! "Disorderly Conduct" is not a city in China. Have your own special twisted fun, but DON'T MESS IT UP FOR THE REST OF US. Our Santas do not destroy property, steal merchandise, or do harm to others. Santas have been doing this in DC for years and the authorities and businesses usually accept Santa's antics in the loving holiday spirit Santa intends - so be nice to them. SERIOUSLY! DON'T ARGUE! If they don’t want Santa there, Santa should move along.

4. WE ARE NOT PROTESTERS!! We'd need a permit for that - and something serious to complain about... Santa is a-Political and does not protest anything (besides terrible office holiday parties).

5. WE ARE NOT A BAR CRAWL. Santa does not crawl anywhere. Santa spreads Christmas cheer randomly across the city.


1. The "schedule" is open to liberal interpretation by Santa at all times. There is no Santa in charge to call. If you can't show up for the start, get the cell number of someone who can help you catch up later, or follow @Santarchydc on Twitter. Keep in mind that there is no single place in DC that can serve 500+ Santas at once, so feel free to spread your jolly to other establishments along the route as we go.

2. Santa does not make children cry. Really - If you see kids, give them nice toys, candy, or something pleasant. (Feel free to abuse their parents).

3. Santa dresses for all occasions. It's December. Smart Santas wear multiple costume layers. Dress to maximize merriment whether singing Christmas carols in the snow, or swinging from a stripper pole.

4. Santa doesn't whine! We will be outside much of the early day and covering a lot of ground on foot -- bring enough "snacks" to keep your pie-hole filled until we get indoors.

5. Bring gifts -- NAUGHTY gifts to give grown ups; NICE stuff to give kids. Throwing coal at the white house is discouraged (see RULE #3 above).

6. Memorize these answers to important questions that may arise:
Who's in charge? "Santa"
What organization are you with? "Santa"
What are you protesting? "Bad holiday parties"
(note: WE ARE NOT PROTESTERS!! We'd need a permit for that).
How did you get here? "A sleigh and eight tiny reindeer"
Where are you going next? "I'm only allowed to tell you if you wear this hat and buy me a beer."
Any other question: "HO!" (best coupled with a slight pause and a stupid look on your ****).

FYI: SantarchyDC is a no-money adventure. Santa does not accept promotions, kickbacks, support charities, or solicit drink specials. All we ask of the places we visit is that they have enough staff on hand, and put up with us.

Lastly: Kids are welcome for the early outdoor portion of Santarchy, but use your own best Santa-parent judgment when bringing your own (8?!?) tiny reindeer. Many (but not all) of the later stops for the event are 21+.