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Santas gone Wild! Is Dallas ready for this?

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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As a resident of Dallas what do you think of when you think of Santa? Besides the obvious magical superhero who sneaks down your chimney and delivers presents, it probably involves hoards of hyperactive children in North Park mall crowded around a guy in a Santa suit, impatiently waiting to sit on his knee and tell him their Christmas wishes. Or maybe you think of those creepy giant inflatable lawn Santas that seem to be so popular now. If either of these scenarios are what come to your mind when you think of Santa then I think it’s time Dallas changed  how it experiences Santa. I say we start with Santacon, which Dallas actually participated in for the first time this year. So what is Santacon?

Well Santacon is where a big group of people dressed up like Santa get together and go on a giant bar crawl through the city, and the whole group has to stick together as you go from bar to bar creating what you might call a joyful and surreal moment for on lookers. Why should Dallas adopt this tradition and partake in it annually? BECAUSE IT’S FUN! Just check out the footage from this years Santacon in New York.

Plus, as you can see from the video, you don’t have to just stick to a traditional Santa get up, you can let your Christmas imagination go wild!

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Imagine, a giant gang of sugar plumb fairies, Santas, reindeer, sexy elves and walking christmas trees running around together in Uptown and Fair Park inspiring shock, awe and of course Christmas cheer. I’m going to assume that at this point you, like me, are convinced that Santacon is something that needs to be a part of Dallas’ Christmas every year, so how do we make that happen?

1. First thing we need to do is make Dallas Santacon grow because when it comes to Santacon bigger is better and more fun. A social media outlet needs to be set up to gather all the Santas together and help them coordinate where they’re going to meet and where they’re going to go. This will also help spread the news about what’s going on and encourage more and more people to participate.

2. Start points need to be set and instead going from bar to bar there should be certain zones in various neighborhoods established where all the Santas can congregate. For example, starting in Downtown, galloping along to  Victory, and finishing in Uptown. It would also help if the open container laws in the established zones could be relaxed just a little. I promise to walk and cab it!

3. Finally since this would be Santacon in Dallas we need to find a way to put our city’s stamp on it. What could we do to make this the Santacon everyone wants to be a part of? We could end it with a big concert, do a city wide scavenger hunt, have a contest for best real Santa beard, a cookies and milk food challenge , what Santa can bring the most “reindeer” or any number of crazy things.

It’s time Dallas got Santa out of the mall and into the streets for a holiday celebration that gives people an excuse to cut loose from the mundane holiday responsibilities and let’s everyone’s Christmas spirit go wild.

We apologize in advance for any children that see Santa going crazy in Dallas next year.