LA SantaCon 2014

Every December brings a gathering of a secret society somewhere in Los Angeles. They’re a jolly bunch, with a penchant for dressing in red with white fur trim. At first, they are hardly noticeable on the busy streets of LA. It starts with just one, or two.

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

Then you notice a few more.

LA Santacon 2014
LA Santacon 2014

Soon, they’re coming from all directions!

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

It’s LA SantaCon and they’re on a mission … to spread Holiday Cheer throughout the city’s Westside.

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

But there are rules … First and foremost, Santa has gone green. This year’s event required participants to purchase a Metro Tap Card and Day Pass for public transportation. No cars allowed! This one parked for the day.

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

The rest of the rules? They’re simple really, mostly dealing with identity:

  • You MUST dress the part! — SANTA
  • What’s your name? — SANTA
  • Who’s in charge? — SANTA
  • Who organized this? — SANTA
  • Who just threw up in that trash can? — SANTA!
LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

And there are games …

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

… there are lots of games!

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

The starting point each year is kept a secret and only revealed via email the night before to those who are, “on the list.” This year’s event was one of the final events to be held at Hollywood-favorite The Cat & Fiddle Pub and Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. just two days before its closing.

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

Inside it was literally Santas from wall-to-wall!

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

The group of approximately 500 people dressed as Santa Claus moves from establishment to establishment caroling, passing out Santa hats, and generally spreading mischief with stops along the way for snowball fights and reindeer games. It’s a marathon holiday party lasting from 11am until 2am, and the itinerary is never published. You have to know how to keep up!

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

See you next year!

LA Santacon 2014
LA SantaCon 2014

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