SantaCon is a loosely organized, flexible event.
SantaCon is free, but Santa wants you to bring donations for the Lawrence Humane Society. Cash is preferred—$5 per person goes a long way and is a lot easier for Santa to carry than boxes full of stuff. The Sandbar will have a donation box available.
You must be 21 to participate in this event. If you’re not 21, you’re welcome to parade around downtown Lawrence with the other Santas, however you may not enter the bars.
To accommodate Santas who can’t be on time, Santa has a schedule.
- 2 p.m. Santas gather at the Sandbar
- 3 p.m. Merchant’s
- 3:45 p.m. Granada
- 4:30 p.m. Harbour Lights
- 5:15 p.m. Red Lyon
- 6:15 p.m. Santas head north on Mass Street
- 6:30 p.m. Shot stop at La Familia
- 6:45 p.m. Leroy’s for the 7 p.m. KU game
Santas will spend approximately 45 minutes to an hour at each bar, with time allotted in between bars for spreading good cheer on Massachusetts Street. There will be designated Santas to let everyone know when it’s time to move on to the next bar. Please pay attention to the Santa in charge. SantaCon is more fun when large groups of Santas stick together.
It’s much easier for the bars and for the Santas if everyone uses cash as much as possible. Plastic slows everyone down. And don’t forget to tip your bartenders.