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Calgary SantaCon 2013

Santa will start his route at the Ship & Anchor Pub and end his night at Vern's for the Jingle Ball (9:00 PM onwards).

Live updates at:

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This is a FREE walking pub crawl. No Cover Charges. No more than 4 blocks between stops. This year we are accepting cash donations that will be split 50/50 towards The Mustard Seed and CSRS 

You are also encouraged to dress in something Xmas-related (i.e. Santa, Elves, Reindeer, Christmas Trees, etc.) This will ensure you get Santa's specials at each stop. All bars have been instructed to carry NO TABS and please tip so we get welcomed back next year. Carry cash.

Bring gifts for random strangers on the street and extra Santa hats to recruit more participants.

Please print a copy of the carol book and bring it with you. If you still have last year’s just bring it as it has all the same songs on the same pages. 

SantaCon Official Route: 

Google Route Map Link:

12:00-1pm – Ship & Anchor (534 – 17th Avenue SW) 

1:30pm-3pm – Hudson’s Canadian Tap House (601 – 12th Avenue SW) 
Santa Specials: $9 doubles + 20% off food

3:30-4:30pm – Craft Beer Market (345 – 10th Avenue SW)
Santa Specials: $2 off any fruit infused beers and wine.

4:30-5pm - Santa's Top Secret Mission
Did you miss last years? You won’t want to miss this! ;) 

5-6pm – Below Deck (221 – 8th Avenue SW)
Santas Specials: $5 PBR pints + $4 shooter special

6-7:30pm - Palomino (109 - 7th Ave SW) 
Santas specials: TBD
Also featuring the Variety Show with dancing girls and some fun surprises for your HO HO Hoogling pleasures.

7:30-8pm – Santa’s XXX Sleigh Ride “Don’t miss the HO Train!!”

8-9pm - Boudoir Rouge (907-9th Ave SW) 
Santas Specials: $5.25 Beer/Cocktail special + $5.95 dozen wings

9-2am - Vern's (622-8th Ave SW) for the JINGLE BALL put on by your friendly neighborhood Space Gnomes! 

Hello Boys and Girls! 

I hope you've been extra naughty this year because it's almost time for Calgary SantaCon 2013!

Do you enjoy getting sleighed?
Do you like to travel in packs of costumed freaks?
What would you do if you were Santa?
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to ride down the chimney stack yelling Merry Clitoris?
Do you ever get accused of having a candy cane in your pocket when you are merely happy?
If your answer to any of these questions was to chuckle HO HO HO then you are invited!

Join us on a FREE walking pub crawl filled with naughty carol singing, gifting, laughter, great friends, booze and all kinds of SANTARCHY! 

1- Santa does not make children cry. Really, if you see kids, don't do anything to freak them out. Give them a nice smile and possibly a gift of some kind (toys, candy etc). Parents and tourists are a different matter altogether - adjust your behavior based on their attitude. 
2 - 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 in a hot nightclub. 

3 - Santa doesn't whine! We will be outside a lot and commuting mainly on foot - bring enough "snacks" to keep your pie-hole filled until we get indoors. 
4 - Bring gifts: NAUGHTY gifts to give grown ups; NICE stuff to give kids. Throwing coal at people is discouraged no matter who they are. YES THAT INCLUDES POLITICIANS. But giving out coal might actually be appreciated. 
5 - Watching santa get drunk and rowdy is fun. Babysitting santa while he vomits in an alley is not. Don't be that santa. 
6 - Make sure you always pay for your beer and tip the bar staff. We want to be able to do this again so be polite and cultivate the goodwill of the local community. 
7 - Please pay for your drinks as soon as you get them. Santas get tired of waiting on other Santas to clear their tab before being able to move on. This entire adventure should be cash only. 

8 - "No santa's left behind!" Don't think only of yourself - Santa is not inconsiderate of his fellow santas like that. Pick a few people you know and keep an eye out for them when it's time to move to the next location. If you don't see them, speak up so other Santas know to wait a moment. Every santa should have at least 2-3 other Santas they look out for and 2-3 that look out for them in turn. 
9 - Stay with the group. It's not just a case of "the more, the merrier" - Santa is safer with large numbers of fellow Santas and what one Santa can't achieve (or get away with) is a possibility for 50 or more! 
10 - Dress up! You don't have to dress exactly like Santa. In fact, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are much appreciated, both by those we bring joy to - as well as your fellow Santas: elves, reindeer themes etc. are fine as well! 
11 - Please remember that this is all about having fun. Most Santas like to take their fun with a little alcohol which is fine. What is not fine, however, is getting completely sh#t-faced to the point that Santas end up being abusive or violent. Remember that there is no "bail fund" for incarcerated Santas and if you cross the line you'll be on your own. 
12 - Santa doesn't drink & drive and neither should you. If you're going to drink you must make sure that you can get safely home without driving yourself. Check public transport, carpool with a designated sober driver, make arrangements to sleep over at someone's place etc. Organizers sometimes try to coordinate transportation to get Santas safely home. Check the message boards and groups for your local SantaCon to find out if this is being done in your area. 
13 – If asked who is in charge the answer is SANTA 
14 - You SHOULD "ho-ho-ho" like Santa. 
15 - You OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa. 
16 - You MIGHT want to drink like Santa 
17 - Read these guidelines one more time. 
18 - If you have reached this rule, it means you didn't get locked into a loop reading the guidelines over and over again as per the previous rule. You are therefore intelligent enough to take part in SantaCon! 

If you want to stay connected to this event for next year join our group here:

Did you know that SantaCon is a worldwide event?? To learn more about it, check out and

HO HO HOPE to see you there!

[edited by Santa Fez -=☃=-] 

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