Hundreds of bearded Santas descended on the South Bank for a day of drunken sing-a-longs and festive fun earlier this month.
SantaCon is primarily a parade of revellers dressed as Father Christmas – although some bearded boozers did enjoy a spot of sherry.
But conscientious organisers were careful to ban bad Santas from the ball – with excessive drinking getting a frosty reception on the official website.
Santas were also reminded not to urinate in the street, litter or engage in dangerous behaviour, on December 9, 2023.
Organisers wrote: “SantaCon is fun because Santa is jolly. Santa being drunk/disorderly in public isn’t fun for anyone and will get you into trouble. Don’t be that Santa.”
“Take only mince pies and sherry, leave only sleigh tracks on the roof and a lingering sense of delight,” they added.
SantaCon is an apolitical gathering that has already hosted get-togethers from Bali, Boston to Berlin this year- always free.
“It’s one of the few chances left for adults to be silly without any kind of agenda,” organisers wrote.
The procession from the South Bank to Tower Bridge, onto Trafalgar Square provided plentiful pub stops along the way.
Santas were encouraged to print out song sheets featuring classics like Bob Dylan’s ‘Must be Santa’.
Families with children were advised not to attend. “Kids get the rest of Christmas and all the other holidays. SantaCon is normally adults only,” organisers wrote.
SantaCon began in San Francisco in 1994 before spreading to Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles over the following years.
The events are sometimes referred to as Santarchy, Santa Rampage and the Red Menace.