Santacon 2011: Deck the hutongs with Santas and music!

Ho Ho Ho, it’s that time of year again, where we all don Santa suits and roam the streets and bars of Beijing spreading goodwill and drunken cheer! This year marks the third official Santacon in Beijing, and Santa’s got a few secrets up his sleeve to make this the biggest and best yet. Daze Central put in a call to the North Pole and here’s the details Santa has told us so far.

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The Route

This one is staying top secret until the Saturday, but we can tell you like other years there will be two starting points. East-side Santas will meet up at Bang!Bang! Pizza in Shuangjing and West-side Santas make your way to Pyro’s Pizza in Wudaokou. Start time is 12noon!

The full route will be announced as the Santa’s are on the move tomorrow, To follow the route during the day you can sign up for text messages from Santa on the Santacon website, follow Santa on Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare.
Santa’s got a great line up of venues throughout the day culminating at one very special location, but you’ll find out more about that from Santa himself tomorrow!


I’m sure there’ll be plenty of drunken carolling through the hutongs, but this year Santa has also planned a couple of great Beijing bands to entertain Santas along the way. We can’t tell you where or when they’ll be playing, but there will be performances in two different venues by:

Flaming Heat
Lead by Ricky Sixx, the former bassist of Rustic, this 80’s rock band will have you dancing!

Not There
This band have been entertaining Beijing for over a year with their eclectic mix of Rock, Funk, Psychadelic and Experimental music.

Suit up!

Haven’t got your red and white gear yet? Head to any of the city’s markets, Yashow, Silk Market, Tianyi, or hit up Walmart or Carrefour. Or if you’re feeling creative, make your own. Costumes are compulsory on this one folks, so get to it! Last year saw raindeer, life size Christmas presents and even Rock n’ Roll Santa put in an appearance!

For inspiration check out these great photo’s Jonah Kessel took at last year’s Santacon here.


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