Thanks for coming out!

Posted December 3rd, 2017 by samco

Panorama by Samuel Cousins.

Definitely the largest Santacon we’ve had. Still trying to figure out numbers, but we pretty much maxed out every venue we went to.

2017 Route

Posted November 28th, 2017 by samco

Here’s the route for the 2017.

4:00 – 6:00 – Pat’s Pizza, Binga’s Winga’s, Dry Dock, Lincoln’s*, Rosie’s
6:00 – 7:30 – Port City Music Hall
7:40 – Group Photo at Monument Square
7:45 – 9:00 – Oasis, Bonfire, Drink Exchange
9:00 – 10:30 – Gritty’s, Bull Feeney’s, Fore Play, Thirsty Pig
10:30 – 10:40 – photo op at Post Office Park
10:30 – 11:30 – Grace
11:30 – 1:00 – Brian Boru

*Lincoln’s doesn’t open til 5:00

Santacon 2017 – Coming Soon

Posted November 4th, 2017 by samco

Santacon is coming up. This year will be December 2nd (first saturday of Dec).

This is our tenth year of Santacon in Portland!

We’ve got a Facebook event set up here. You should join it. Facebook tends to get updates first.

Our Facebook page is
Our Twitter page is

If you want to use a hashtag, use #SantaconPWM – this will distinguish Portland from other Santacon events (especially the other Portland).


Santacon Portland 2016 Route

Posted November 30th, 2016 by samco

Here’s our official route!

4:00pm – 5:30pm – Pat’s Pizza, Lincoln’s
5:45pm – Group Photo at Monument Square Christmas Tree
6:00pm – 7:15pm – Port City Music Hall
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Oasis, Bonfire, Dusk, and Drink Exchange
9:00pm – 10:00pm – Gritty’s, Bull Feeney’s, Thirsty Pig
10:00pm – 11:30am – Grace
11:30pm – 1:00am – Brian Boru and 51 Wharf

Santacon 2016 – Coming Soon!

Posted November 7th, 2016 by samco

We’re gearing up for Santacon 2016.

As usual, it’ll be held on the first Saturday of December – December 3rd, 2016.

Details to follow in the not-too-distant future.

Portland Santacon 2015 Official Route

Posted December 4th, 2015 by samco

4:00-5:30pm – Pat’s Pizza
5:45pm – Group Photo at Monument Square Christmas Tree
6:00-7:30pm – Port City Music Hall
7:30-9:00pm – Oasis, Bonfire, Dusk 80’s & 90’s Lounge, Drink Exchange
9:00-10:30pm – Gritty’s, Bull Feeney’s, Studio 55, Thirsty Pig
10:40pm – Group Photo in Tommy’s Park
10:45pm – 12:00am – Grace
12:00am-1:00am – Brian Boru and 51 Wharf

When you hear “Santas on the move!” finish what you’ve got and head to the next stop.

Drink and Food Specials

Pat’s Pizza
$3.00 Shipyard Exports and Monkey Fist IPA
$10.00 All you can eat pizza bracelet (by the slice)
$3.00 pizza by the slice

Port City Music Hall
$5 Shipyard Preludes

$4 24oz Brown Bag PBRs
$4 Snowflake Vodka Lemomade
$4 Doctor McGuillicuddy shots

$2 Bonfire Whiskey
$3 Shocktop drafts

Dusk 80’s and 90’s
$3 all well drinks

The Drink Exchange
8pm Stock Market Crash
31 Degree Budweiser’s for $1-$3

$1-off all drafts

Bull Feeney’s
$4 Baxter Stowaway and Magner’s drafts

Studio 55
$8 Rum Buckets
Burlesque show – “The Naughty List”
No Cover

Thirsty Pig
$3 Allagash and Shipyard beers
Snack Special – $5 Santadogs

51 Wharf
$3 Spiced rum and coke and 16oz PBRs

And ask your bartenders about additional specials throughout the night.

Don’t forget to tip well and donate to Family Crisis Services!

Ho, ho, ho!

2015 – Making donations.

Posted December 4th, 2015 by samco

The post you’ve all been waiting for…well not quite yet! Tomorrow’s full route will be posted within the next couple of hours.

But MORE importantly, we want to remind everyone to bring some CASH (or checks) to donate to Family Crisis Services, Cumberland County’s domestic violence resource agency and emergency shelter.

Please come prepared to give $5, $10, or even $20, or whatever you can spare, anything is appreciated. But with the hundreds and hundreds of Santas, elves, snowmen and Christmas trees at tomorrow’s event, we can make a HUGE difference in the lives of people who want to be free from violence.

So be sure to open your hearts and wallets for this very important cause.

There will be specially designated Santas and elves collecting donations throughout the night. But it would be greatly appreciated if you made your donation as early in the night as possible.

To donate online visit the Family Crisis Website here:

Please indicate that it is a Santacon donation!

If you have any questions feel free to write us a message or ask for Santa Brandon or Elf Jenny at tomorrow’s event.

Let’s have a lot of fun and do a lot of good for those of our community in need!

Ho, ho, ho!

Santacon 2014 Itinerary!

Posted December 5th, 2014 by samco

The Official Portland Santacon 2014 Itinerary:

5:00-7:00 – Pat’s Pizza. Third floor, 5$ small 1-topping pizzas, $3.50 Frye’s Leap IPA.

7:15 – Group Picture (Monument Square)

7:30 – 9:00 – Oasis. Drink specials TBA. Jenga downstairs, Santa dance-party upstairs.

9:00-10:30 – Gritty’s AND Bull Feeney’s. Two bars, one stop. Swing between at your leisure. Gritty’s – $1-off all drafts. Bull Feeney’s – $3.00 Baxter IPA and Stella.

10:30-11:30 – Studio 55. They’re a brand new spot, and should help bring the Santa Party to a whole new level. No cover – they’re waiving it for us! Thirsty Pig is also ready for us at this time, and it would be a good place close by if you need a snack to make it through the night.

11:45 – 1:00 – Brian Boru. Come jam with Rhythm Inc. for some Santa reggae. Only for the die hards.

2014 Schedule forthcoming

Posted November 30th, 2014 by samco

Only six sleeps until Portland Santacon 2014! Some important info for next weeks festivities:

1. The start time has been moved to 5:00 pm. So we will now be at Pat’s Pizza from 5:00-7:00 pm before heading out for the photo in Monument Sq.

2. Portland Santacon will once again be supporting Portland’s Family Crisis Services. Family Crisis Services is the domestic violence resource center for Cumberland County and operates a 16-bed shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. This year, Family Crisis Services staff will be collecting cash donations, rather than food and toiletries like years past. Cash allows them to meet their greatest needs more effectively. Look for the elf with the donation jar. Please make any donations as early in the night as possible. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

3. If you’re planning to eat out, Pat’s will have a great set-up for ordering food quickly and easily. They’ll have an order window and pick-up station set up where we are on the third floor. The food special will be small one-topping pizzas for $5.

Santacon in the News!

Posted December 8th, 2013 by samco

A couple articles about us in the news this morning.

From Bangor Daily News: Hundreds of Santas invade Portland bars for Santacon
From the Press Herald: Many elves, lots of Claus to celebrate
From WMTW (Channel 8): Santa Claus invades Portland
From MaineToday: Seen: Santacon a jolly good time