SantaCon Hartford 2013


 Because ALL PROCEEDS from this event are benefiting a charity, End Hunger Connecticut, we are asking for a donation as your registration fee. The suggested donation is $10. We will only be there to make change and hand out bracelets. Just attend and donate what you can. Everything helps during the holiday season!

2pm Black Eyed Sally's ...
$3 drafts
330pm McKinnon's
(Drink specials still in the works)
5pm The Hartford Room/East Coast Dogs
$2 dogs $3 drafts
630pm Rocking Horse Saloon
$1 domestic cans, $2 Budweiser drafts, $3 mixed drinks
8pm Angry Bull Saloon (where Pour House used to be)
$3 Coors Light bottles
930pm Black Bear Saloon
$3 domestic drafts $3 mixed drinks $3 Santakazi shots

If for some reason the weather is terrible this Saturday, we will push the SantaCon Crawl back to the 21st!

Hope to see you all there


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 be jolly & merry is fun. Babysitting santa while he vomits in an alley is not. Don't be that santa.

6. Make sure you always 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. You MUST address everyone as "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!


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  • arthur j.

    Not a big turnout. I did enjoy meeting Brian, Wendy, Cynthia, and the Doc. They made it worthwhile!

    December 21, 2013

  • arthur j.


    December 21, 2013

  • Rebecca J.

    This looks insanely fun. Have a great time!

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Kim M.

    I wish I could make it but I'm working

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Alyce

    Unfortunately, I cannot attend on 12/21/13. Since it has stopped snowing already, maybe I'll go today!

    December 14, 2013

  • arthur j.

    This is what I sent to the organizers of this event :Are we a go for today??Snow will cause Hartford to issue a parking ban. Will there be a parking garage. Don't want to park on streets or outside parking because will not be able to dig vehicle out. Push off till next Saturday Dec. 21 ??
    I am still waiting for them to get back to all of us!!

    December 14, 2013

  • michelle c.

    If If you happen to change to 21st maybe I can go. I will keep an eye out.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Wanda A.

    Sounds fun but have been holding off to see what the weather was going to be like. With snow coming that night, I'm going to pass this time. Everyone, enjoy and stay safe.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • arthur j.

    December 8, 2013

  • Gail O.

    I have witnessed this in NYC and they all have do much fun!!! Keep these awesome ideas coming Art!

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Judi

    Would love to attend but having a Santa Hat party that same evening. I don't think I would be in any shape to host my Santa Hat party if I did go. Hopefully next year if you do it again.

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Gail O.

    I can't believe I have plans already for this day and can't attend! This is an awesome sounding event! Well there is always next year! Have a blast!!!!

    1 · November 29, 2013

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