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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.

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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.

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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.

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Portland Mercury Santacon Article

posted by Santa Squid on December 22nd, 2005

Portland Santacon

Check out Marjorie Skinner’s The Portland Mercury article on Santacon that came out today: “Yes, There is a Santa Mob”

For the most part, Marjorie actually seems to understand what Santarchy/Santacon is all about and she’s even included some fairly accurate historical information. She also mentions the Auckland, New Zealand Santa event, but in proper prospective to the Portland Santacon, which is much closer to what most Santacon events are like. Notice how she wrote the entire article without once calling us a “movement” or “protest” event. Bravo! Now if only the idiots at AP/Retuers/UPI could do the same.

Back in 1996, the Portland Cacophony Society hosted the first Santacon to take place outside of San Francisco, which then led to other US cities hosting the event and a few years later going international.

More write-ups and photos from this year’s Portland Santacon can be found in the 2005 archives.

photo credit: Wm Leler