What The Ho?

Welcome to Santarchy, the original resource for global Santacon events.

Each December Santas visit cities around the world, engaging in a bit of Santarchy as part of the annual Santacon events.

It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos organized by the Cacophony Society. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon.

Check out our Santarchy FAQ.

You'd better watch out! Santa's coming to town!

PLEASE NOTE: We are not associated with any commercial Santacon websites that are attempting to cash in on Santarchy. The Santacon events have always been advertising-free events without sponsorships.

Cacophony Society Book

Tales of The San Francisco Cacophony Society

Ask Santa to bring you a copy of the wonderful new book Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, which includes an entire section on Santacon.

Santacon Archives

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Santacon Videos

"You'd Better Watch Out:
Portland Santacon '96"

Weird America's San Francisco Santacon '95

Santacon History

The Early Years

Santarchy Resources

Santacon Photos on Flickr

Santacon on Twitter

Santacon Carol Book

1995 San Francisco Police Report

1996 Portland Police Memo

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If your city has a Santacon website, let us know and we will add it to the list.


This site is maintained by Scott Beale aka "Santa Squid" (retired), with occasional input from John Law aka "Santa Melmoth" (retired), both veterans of the great Santa wars 1994-98.

Santa's Bag

This blog runs on WordPress (ask Santa to bring it to you for Christmas)

Cacophony Santacon

“Cacophony Factoid: SantaCon” from the book Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society


Here are some of the cities that are targeted for Santarchy invasions each Christmas season. If your city has a permanent Santacon website, let us know and we will add it to the list.

Adelaide, Australia

Albany, NY

Asbury Park, NJ

Baltimore, MD

Beijing, China

Boston, MA

Boulder, CO

Brussels, Belgium

Burlington, VT

Calgary, AB

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Dallas, TX

Detroit, MI

Dublin, Ireland

Edinburgh, UK

Edmonton, Alberta

Eureka, CA

Fargo, ND

Fayetteville, AR

Fort Collins, CO

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Worth, TX

Hamburg, Germany

Hartford, CT

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Honolulu, HI

Houston, TX

Joshua Tree, CA

Kansas City, MO

Lahti, Finland

Lawrence, KS

Las Vegas, NV

London, UK

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Missoula, MT

Nashville, TN

New London, CT

New Haven, CT

New York, NY

Newport, RI

Ocean City, MD

Omaha, NE

Paris, France

Phoenix, AZ

Portland, ME

Portland, OR

Raleigh, NC

Richmond, VA

Rochester, NY

Sacramento, CA

St. Louis, MO

Saint Paul, MN

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Sioux Falls, SD

State College, PA

Tucson, AZ

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, WA

Washington DC

Wichita, KS

Wilmington, NC

Winnipeg, Manitoba