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Introducing Lowertown SantaCon
THE 7TH ANNUAL LOWERTOWN SANTACON WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH, 2014!
For the seventh year running, the Capital City of St. Paul, Minnesota is hosting a SantaCon event in the historic and arts district of Lowertown! On December 20th, 2014, will you be ready for Lowertown SantaCon VII?
Lowertown SantaCon VII features the Brass Messengers, emcee Dixie De’Lamour, Krampus, and a costumed cast of hundreds. Lowertown SantaCon is a real pub crawl (we have a set route) and it’s a really awesome pub crawl (we are led from pub to pub by a 10-member brass band, which transforms the night into a series of Santa-themed flash mobs throughout Lowertown, Saint Paul).
This is a community-organized event and Santa’s grace is boundless.
Expect no entrance fee, no wristbands, and no merchandise. Accept no impostors.
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SantaCon (aka “Santarchy” aka “The Red Menace”) is an annual worldwide Santa Claus convention occurring in cities around the globe. People dress as Santa, other associated characters, and variations on the theme—and embark on an epic pub crawl around their city.
Lowertown SantaCon is half spectacle, half pub crawl and half flash mob—that’s one and a half things!—in the chill Lowertown historic and arts district of Saint Paul, MN. Come as Santa, come as an elf or reindeer or get creative and come as a Santasaurus, a Hanukkah Chicken, a Kwanza Ham…you get the picture.
Lowertown SantaCon was voted “Best Twin Cities Pub Crawl” by City Pages, listed in City Pages’ “50 Reasons We Love Winter in Minnesota,” has been City Pages “A-List”-ed, Pioneer Press “Best of the Week”-ed, and shouted-out by DJ Mark Wheat from The Current and DJ Larry Englund from KFAI. We are a Midwestern media-accredited extravaganza of the human holiday spirit! Read the reviews here.
6.00pm – Golden’s Deli – www.goldensdeli.us
(At Wall St. & E. 4th St., and so it begins…)
7.30pm – Black Dog Café – www.blackdogstpaul.com
(At Prince St. aka E. 4th St. and Broadway, the Krampus/Fire dancers all ages segment)
9.15pm – Señor Wong www.senorwong.com
(Robert St. and E. 4th St., with a Late Night Happy Hour)
11.00pm – Bedlam Lowertown www.bedlamtheatre.org
(N. Wacouta and E. 4th St. With DJs TBA)
Your Emcee: Dixie De’Lamour
Our 2013 Emcee is the delicious Dixie De’Lamour!
Pinup, blogger and performer Laura Elizabeth Nova (or Dixie De’Lamour) has the heart of Jane Eyre and the soul of Jack the Ripper. Appearing in publications from our local MnUps to the nationally distributed Ratrod Magazine and others, she’s also a writer and performer, recently taking to the stage with Naked Girls Reading.
Your Hosts & Roving Band: The Brass Messengers
Our hosts and musical escort are The Brass Messengers, a full brass band of merry humans, who will accompany our costumed holiday convoy through the pubs and bar-restaurants of the Historic District of Lowertown, Saint Paul. They typically can’t resist having a snowball fight among themselves.Lowertown SantaCon began in 2008, where it grew from a merry bunch of 25 revelers to a respectable 200+ Santas, elves, reindeers and—for the first time in 2010—Krampus, the no-longer-mythical, living half-beast Christmas Devil from the pre-Christian Germanic wastelands.
As before, we will be stopping at the Black Dog Cafe for the All Ages part of the night, where children can meet Krampus (and possibly be carried off by him in a basket to be eaten for Christmas Dinner if they were particularly naughty during the year). Please note that the sight of many Santas may be confusing to kids who still believe that in the end there can only be one. Come prepared with a story that explains a multi-Santa universe if you’re planning to maintain the ruse for a few more years yet. Our favorite explanation is cloning.
Video: Krampus meets the kids at Lowertown SantaCon 2010
We’ll be taking photographs and shooting video on December 20th to stick on our elf-maintained website, so go all out with the knowledge that your evening will be remembered for years to come in Google’s cache and beyond.
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