The streets of central London will run red with fake Santas this Saturday as Santacon 2011 spreads the Christmas cheer and beer around the West End. There's not much to impart, to be honest. Just turn up in your best Santa outfit, join the mob and bellow 'HO! HO! HO!' for all you're worth. The crimson carnage will visit a few costume-friendly pubs before rocking your stockings at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes after-party (tickets £5).
There are a few rules to observe, but they're all rather gaily written. "Watching Santa get drunk can be fun. Babysitting Santa while they vomit in an alley or breaking up ﬁghts is not. Don’t be that Santa."
Here's a taster from last year's event.
Santacon 2011 takes place on Saturday 10 December around central London (start time and place to be announced on Friday). Image by Simon Rigglesworth in the Londonist Flickr pool.