It's all for a good Claus! Hundreds of revellers dress up as Father Christmas

It’s all for a good Claus! Hundreds of revellers dress up as Father Christmas as they take part in annual Santacon pub crawl for charity

  • Santacon originated in San Francisco and invites people to ‘join the naughty list’ and down drinks in capital
  • This year money is being raised for Christmas for Kids who devise and perform plays for children’s hospices
  • Attendees are encouraged to fully commit to the festive dress code and bring carol song sheets with them 

Hundreds of merry drinkers have descended on the streets of London dressed as Father Christmas as they take part in an annual pub crawl to raise money for charity.

This year Santacon London is supporting Christmas for Kids, a small London based charity who devise and perform multi-sensory and interactive shows for free at children’s hospices.

Describing itself as ‘a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical’, the parade that originated in San Francisco invites people to ‘join the naughty list’ and down drinks in the capital’s bars and open spaces.

As well as a mandatory Santa dress code – that must be more than just a simple hat -participants are advised to download and bring carol song sheets so they can spread the Christmas cheer around.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring presents for children but are warned to ‘make sure your merriment doesn’t become another’s grief’ after a few too many drinks. 

Santas have already been spotted taking selfies and sipping on bottles of alcohol as they make their way around the fancy dress pub crawl this afternoon. 

Hundreds of Santas fill a street in Brixton, south London, and a couple merry participants raise their drinks into the air

Hundreds of Santas fill a street in Brixton, south London, and a couple merry participants raise their drinks into the air

Two men, one wearing sunglasses, take a selfie of their Santa outfits and white-sprayed beards in Brixton, south London

Two men, one wearing sunglasses, take a selfie of their Santa outfits and white-sprayed beards in Brixton, south London

A bus drives through a massive group of Santas, and a few elves dressed in green, who are wearing festive hats and tinsel

A bus drives through a massive group of Santas, and a few elves dressed in green, who are wearing festive hats and tinsel

A woman sips on her drink while wearing a red velvet Santa outfit trimmed with white

A man checks his phone during Santacon

A woman sips on her drink (left) during the annual pub crawl while a man (right) wears a costume with a funny modern twist 

Participants in Santa costumes meet in Brixton, south London, before making their way through the streets of London

Participants in Santa costumes meet in Brixton, south London, before making their way through the streets of London

A woman on crutches, several merry Santas and a lone elf, walk pass a row of Christmas trees as they take part in festivities

A woman on crutches, several merry Santas and a lone elf, walk pass a row of Christmas trees as they take part in festivities

A woman holds up her wine glass and others cheer as Santcon participants make their way down an escalator at Brixton tube

A woman holds up her wine glass and others cheer as Santcon participants make their way down an escalator at Brixton tube

A woman adds accessories to her costume by wearing a tinsel tree hat, jingle bell glasses and glittery snowflake earrings 

A woman adds accessories to her costume by wearing a tinsel tree hat, jingle bell glasses and glittery snowflake earrings 

One man ditches the Santa theme and dresses up as a gold Christmas tree bauble for the day of festive fun in London

One man ditches the Santa theme and dresses up as a gold Christmas tree bauble for the day of festive fun in London