Seattle Santa Con 2023 @ Downtown Seattle

Christopher Clause Kringle is multiplying 🎅

📸: Seattle Santa Con

📍 Meeting location: TBA
⏰ Saturday, December 9th + Saturday, December 16th: 12 pm – 2 am

The Emerald City holds some fantastic conventions and gatherings. Of course, there’s Pax West, Emerald City Comic Con, Sakura Con, and even the Sea-Meow Convention. But only one takes thousands through the streets of downtown as Kris Kringle clones during the annual bar crawl, Santa Con.

The massive jolly-dressed convention happens in cities worldwide (maybe because Mr. Clause has to cross the globe to bring holiday cheer). The Seattle event gives amateur Santas two opportunities to don the suit—the first on Saturday, December 9th, and the second on Saturday, December 16th. There’s also a costume contest, so expect a spectrum of St. Nick. Uncle Sam Santa… Zombie Santa… Elves… Reindeer… and probably even the Grinch! No Santa suit hanging in the back of your closet? Don’t worry. Find the usual options at Amazon or Red Light for a wacky look (think Lydia’s red dress from Beetlejuice but as Ms. Claus). Plus, carries a collection for the event with 15% off.

The crawl goes a total of 14 hours. And it hits numerous bars along the route. Kells, Hidden Gems, Cowgirls Inc, Muse Lounge, Xtadium, Trinity Nightclub, Good Bar, Flatstick Pub Pioneer Square, Chapel Lounge, Merchant’s Cafe, and Taqueria Cantina are among the locations that will be offering drink specials. However, organizers will announce the starting location closer to the event. 

Santa Con is more than just a chance to wear a costume after Halloween or drink the day away. It’s also a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, and a whopping $5,000 will be donated to the organization. So, Santa up!

Pro tip: Bring cash to speed up the process. Wear comfy shoes. Pace yourself and use public transportation (Santa doesn’t drink and drive). Tickets are discounted with a pre-sale till November 30th. There’s an additional discount if you buy tickets for both days. 

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.