Christmas is just twenty days away, and if you haven't yet been bombarded by the Pentatonix holiday album in your office, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see Kris Kringle this weekend. You can even become Santa yourself -- or at least get in the bag. Here are the four top Santa events this weekend.
Denver Santa Speedo Dash 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6
While "holiday flair" is encouraged at this one-mile dash, most of the participants will limit that to Speedos and Santa hats. The Denver Santa Speedo Dash is basically a nearly-nude block party that kicks off and wraps up at Mead St. Station in Highland, 3625 West 32nd Avenue. (If you plan on running weekend errands and would prefer to avoid a sea of drunk dudes in itty bitty swimsuits running toward you, avoid Highlands Square Saturday afternoon.)
The $35 entry fee includes one Santa hat, a pre-race shot and a post-race beer. Visit santaspeedodash.com/ for more information.
Denver Santacon 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, December 6
For some unknown reason, residents of 323 cities around the world want to dress like Santa and drunkenly parade through the streets -- and on Saturday, Denverites can join the party. Just dress up like Santa or any other holiday character, since Santacon organizers don't care "as long as you're not an asshole." The celebration isn't exactly a bar crawl, but the entirety of Santa's workshop will be moving together through bars and activities. Join the festivities at City Park, 2600 East 17th Avenue.
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The event is free, as long as you don't bring "douchebag friends."
Keep reading for more opportunities to put on a big red suit.
Denver Santa Pub Crawl 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 LoDo is the place to be for an all-day holiday party Saturday. The bar crawl has two routes that will hit a combination of Blake Street Tavern, Breckenridge Brewery, Brother's Bar & Grill, Fado Irish Pub, Jackson's, ViewHouse, Retro Room and Denver Chophouse. A warning to Denver Santa Pub Crawl virgins: Costumes are required and a Santa hat is not enough.
Sign in Saturday at Fado Irish Pub, 1735 19th Street. Pre-registration tickets are $39, same-day tickets are $44; registration includes a drink at each stop and entry into the prize drawings. Denver Santa Pub Crawl organizers encourage party-goers to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 for an extra shot at winning and a little bit of charity. Find more information at denversantapubcrawl.com/. Keep reading for more Santa events this weekend.
Race of the Santas 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 If you're looking for a fun weekend getaway, the Race of the Santas will be in Breckenridge Saturday at 203 South Main Street. The Santa-themed race is a non-timed fun run and offers a shorter, six-block course for kids and those who prefer to walk. Since the Race of the Santas is part of a weekend event in Breck, stick around for Christmas carols, an appearance by the "real" Santa and a Bernese Mountain Dog parade.
Registration is $15 if you own a Santa suit, $40 if you need a suit (you get to keep it). Visit gobreck.com/events/community-events/victorian-holiday-wonderland for more information or to register.
Santa Ski and Santa Pub Crawl Saturday, December 13
If you don't get your fix of Santa-themed events this weekend, the world's largest Santa Ski event takes place next Saturday in Crested Butte. If you'd rather not ski down a mountain with hundreds of Santas, you might enjoy drinking with them, instead.
Santa Ski passes are $22 and suits cost $20 if you don't have your own. Pub crawl tickets are $25 and includes a free Santa suit and five drinks at each stop. Visit cbsantacrawl.com/ for more information.
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