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SantaCon 2018

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Updated: Saturday, December 8th.

Find Santa and Santa-friendly venues via the New Facebook group - happening now!

Note 1: All genuine SantaCon gatherings in the city have identified themselves as no cover/free to attend. Please don’t get scammed by profiteers trying to sell you tickets.

Note 2: Santa has become aware of journalists and publications with a vendetta against SantaCon. They will be looking to produce bad stories about you. Please be nice, make Santa proud, and make the city of San Francisco love you.

This SantaCon event is Free to attend. For ages: 21+

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Well here’s the after action report for SantaCon San Francisco 2018:

We had somewhere between 10-12,000 attendees this year. Last year we got 764 toys, this year over 1,500 toys!! Great job for the Santas! We had a little help keeping the bad actors from ruining the event from SFPD and Golden Gate Park Police. San Francisco Fire Department was there with barrels and barrels for the collection. It was reported on ABC7 TV news, by the SFPD, that SantaCon is the largest single contributor of toys in the history of their toy drive! SFPD reported no arrests by 8pm and they were very happy with that. Frankly, so was I!
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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL SAN FRANCISCO!!
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Santa
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They publicize these things to scare the amateurs and thin out the crowds, but y’know, like, 1st Amendment or whatever...expression, assembly, yada yada nbd...
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SantaCon is not cancelled! The only thing canceled is my participation in organization efforts. I am not doing Costume Contests, nor am I having a singalong. Doncome
down to Union Square to rub in their collective faces the fact that SantaCon should be embraced, not shunned! Bring your toys and leave them with me next to the stage area!
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Hi Tom, I'm not on Facebook. I saw a person plugging their SantaCon in the East Bay for December 1. Would you or someone please plug my December 15th SantaCon in San Rafael (North Bay/Marin)? We had four people last year. I want to step up our game
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IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I GIVE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO EVERYONE WANTING TO ATTEND SANTACON SAN FRANCISCO 2018.....

The City and County of San Francisco has decreed that in their view, SantaCon has no place in San Francisco and the gathering should be shut down because “there is a safety issue and Union Square cannot hold the people”. The Recreation and Parks Department has decreed that there will be no amplified sound so there will be no Best Dressed Contests and no toy drive. I was told that having those would keep you in Union Square and that keeping you in Union Square would not be allowed. Keep your money. Their position is that I should be indemnified (insured) and should be able to pay for a sound permit in order to hold the event. I tried to explain that no one pays for an entrance fee and that, in reality, this isn’t by invitation and I have absolutely no control over how many show up or even when. I was informed that the event is not, and will not be, sanctioned by the City and that if you do show up you will be asked to leave. I have no power over you and I have no power over them. You do what you want to do.

As a result of the opinion handed down today, this Facebook group will no longer accept new members. Please inform your friends of the new decision by the City. I wish all of you a pleasant and peaceful day on December 8th. Remember not to drink and drive people!!!!
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We have found out that a bogus SantaCon is going on at a bar in the Marina district here in San Francisco. They are charging for tickets! SantaCon San Francisco 2018 does not, and never has, charge anything to attend the event The only thing we as is that everyone bring a new unwrapped toy for the San Francisco Fire Department. That’s it. And bringing a toy is completely voluntary. Have fun and follow the suggestions.
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Yes, I have added a scam warning. They are doing this in other cities too, calling themselves "Official" and taking money for tickets.