Buffalo is about to join over 200 cities in 29 countries to hold a holiday celebration known as Santa Con.
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec 13, Santa suit-clad revelers will gather for the North Pole Stroll from the night club 67 West at Franklin and Chippewa streets to other participating establishments.
To participate the key word is originality, organizers say. Buy, rent, find or make a costume. Santa, elves, Mrs. Santa, whatever you think up. In the past, some have indulged in theme costumes such as James Bond, Star Trek and Super hero Santa. Last year there were more than 400 participants.
There is a $10 registration fee, which provides a wristband that enables each participant to take part in specials at participating sites. Labatt Blue and Southern Comfort that provide contests and prizes sponsor the event.
A toy donation supports Buffalo charities and more than 1,000 toys have been collected for the children since Santa Con began in 2011.
For more information and registration: www.santaconbuffalo.com. By Olive Porter