Calgary SantaCon 2012

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Calgary SantaCon 2012 is a FREE walking pub crawl (No Cover Charges if you are dressed as Santa or one of his helpers) with no more then 5 blocks between stops. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring donations for the Mustard Seed (you can see the most needed items here: ).

You are also encouraged to dress in something "Christmassy": Santa, Elves, Reindeer, Xmas Tree, etc. This will ensure you get Santa's specials at each stop. Also, bring gifts for random strangers on the street and extra Santa hats to recruit more Santa's Helpers.

We will have an official SantaCon carol book to be posted ASAP, please print a copy and bring it with you.

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Google Route Map Link:

We will be taking a secret staircase not known to Google between Boudoir Rouge and Broken City which takes us on to 8th Avenue south then turning east on 11th avenue.

SantaCon Official Route:

12 noon to 1pm


345 - 10th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: Happy Hour prices for anyone in costume


Bottlescrew Bill's

140 - 10th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: $4 highballs, $12.95 half rack of ribs



109 - 7th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: $4 Canadian, Coors Light + Coors Light Ice Tea


Santa's Top Secret Mission

All we're going to say is you won't want to miss this.


Boudoir Rouge

907 - 9th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: $6.95 steak sandwich


Broken City

613 - 11th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: Happy Hour prices to those in costume

Also featuring: the Variety Show (details TBA)



733 - 10th Avenue SW

Santa Specials: TBA

9pm to 2am


622 - 8th Avenue SW (basement)

JINGLE BALL put on by your friendly neighborhood Space Gnomes

Details here:

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Do you enjoy getting sleighed?

Do you like to travel in packs of costumed freaks?

What would you do if you were Santa for a day?

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!


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, tourists and adult bystanders are a different matter altogether - adjust your behaviour based on their attitude.

2 - Santa dresses for all occasions. It is December in Calgary. 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 steamy nightclub (actually, don't do that and get kicked-out by the bouncer).

3 - Santa doesn't whine! We will be outside a lot and commuting by 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 or other objects at people is discouraged no matter who they are. YES THAT INCLUDES POLITICIANS.

5 - Watching Santa get drunk and rowdy is fun. Babysitting Santa while he vomits and passes-out in an alley is not. Don't be that Santa.

6 - Make sure you always pay for your food and drink and tip the bar staff generously. We want to be able to do this again so be polite and cultivate the goodwill of the local hospitality community.

7 - Please pay for your drinks in cash 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, small bills.

8 - "No Santa 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. If you're going to drink you must make sure that you can get safely home without driving yourself. Use public transportation, carpool with a designated sober driver, make arrangements to sleep over at someone's place, have reserve cash for a cab ride, etc.

13 – If asked "who is in charge?" the answer is always 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 Facebook group here:

Ho Ho Ho

Jack Skullington + Naughtily Clause

[edited by Santa Fez -=☃=-]


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