Well Corvallis, it’s that time of year again, Santacon is coming to town. This will be the 10th year that hundreds of Santas dress in their professional attire, take a break from checking those lengthy lists, and let loose while traveling from bar to bar downtown. If you haven’t been a part of the festivities, or you’re having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, hang out on December 9 to see some extra holiday cheer.
There is only one major rule when it comes to Santacon: you absolutely must come in full costume – it’s kinda the whole point. Don’t be a bad Santa who shows up wearing only a hat; festive holiday themed apparel is mandatory! Get a Santa suit, somehow, someway, and don ye now your gay apparel. If Santa Claus isn’t your thing, come as some other holiday themed person or object. In the past, there have been people dressed up as Christmas trees, snowmen, elves, reindeer, and even a toy from the Island of Misfit Toys. Really ugly Christmas sweaters are also acceptable, as is wrapping your body in flashing twinkle lights. Let your creative Christmas juices flow, and come up with your own costume ideas.
Be aware that during this event, Santa acts like Santa. You are encouraged to be jolly, indulge in many a hearty belly-laugh, and to allow people to sit on your lap. Keep in mind though, Santa wouldn’t get arrested, and he’d remember to drink a glass of water every now and then in-between his imbibing of holiday beverages. With all those Santacon drink specials, it’s going to be hard not to get a little too jolly, so be sure to have a designated sled driver.
Santacon Corvallis takes place Saturday December 9 at 6:00 p.m. Meet at Squirrels Tavern, 100 SW 2nd Street and follow the Santas.
By Jennifer Moreland