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Posted: November 30, 2015

5 good reasons to dress like Santa this December: Santacon, Santa Ski, Santa Dash

Written by: Shannon Bryan
This Santa is excited to get to the top during Sunday River's Santa Sunday. Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

This Santa is excited to get to the top during Sunday River’s Santa Sunday. Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Santa suits are the kind of thing that you scramble to buy one year because a friend invites you to some dress-up holiday party or your family nominates you to be Santa at this year’s Christmas Eve dinner (why you, you have to wonder. Is it because you gained a little weight this year?). You wear it once (joyfully, of course) and forevermore you’re an owner of a Santa suit. A suit that pretty much just sits in the back of the closet.

This December, put that suit to good use (or use these 5 events as 5 good reasons to actually buy/borrow a suit this year). There are plenty of things to do while dressed like Santa, from skiing and running to singing and bar hopping.

People dressed up as Santas and Elves traipse about Portland drinking in different bars as they take part in Santacon in 2013.  Gordon Chibroski/Press Herald file photo

People dressed up as Santas and Elves traipse about Portland drinking in different bars as they take part in Santacon in 2013. Gordon Chibroski/Press Herald file photo

Santacon

Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pat’s Pizza, 30 Market St., Portland. (Continues on to multiple bars around Portland’s Old Port, although the official itinerary not yet released. Check Facebook for the latest). Free to participate. www.facebook.com
Hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Rudolphs, Mistletoes, Christmas trees, Abominable Snowmen and Elves turn out for a festive bar crawl. This is the seventh year for Santacon in Portland and it just keeps getting bigger and more festive. And remember, you’re representing Santa out there, so be jolly, be generous and don’t drink too much.

Sunday River's annual Santa Sunday. Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Sunday River’s annual Santa Sunday. Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Santa Sunday

All day Sunday, Sunday River, Newry. $15 minimum donation to the Sunday River Community Fund. www.sundayriver.com
A Santa suit is required for this annual fundraiser – and not just any old reddish ensemble. Sunday River is serious about this. You’ll need: one red Santa hat with a white pompom, one red Santa jacket, one pair of red Santa pants and a Santa beard. Registration for this event fills up quickly – and for good reason. It’s fun, it’s a spectacle and it raises money for the Sunday River Community Fund.

The Santa Hustle, pictured, already happened. But there are still a few Santa-themed races that you can take part in. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

The Santa Hustle, pictured, already happened. But there are still a few Santa-themed races that you can take part in. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Freeport Jingle Bell Run/Walk

10 a.m. Sunday, starts at Mast Landing School, 20 Mollymauk St., Freeport. $30 in advance/$35 day of for adults, $15 in advance/$20 day of for children under 10. www.jbr.org
You’re welcome to go all-out Santa for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Or elf it up. Or wait – run as a yeti! No matter what your inspiration, you’re encouraged to wear a holiday themed costume and run to raise fund for the Arthritis Foundation.

Seaside Santa Dash

10 a.m. Saturday. Dec. 12, Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunk. $35 5K, $40 10K, $15 1K elf dash. www.seasidesantadash.com
If Santa were a runner, he’d no doubt make the beaches of Kennebunk one of his regular running routes. But seeing as he’s pretty busy this of year, run in his honor – and while wearing his clothes – during the Seaside Santa Dash. There’s a 10K or 5K option and a 1K for the kids. Bring a small gift, too, to donate to TOYS for TOTS.

Kennebunkport Pooch Parade

11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, downtown Kennebunkport. Free. animalwelfaresociety.org
You can dress like Santa (or any other holiday character) for this parade, but really, it’s about dressing your dog. Go ahead, put Spot in a Santa suit or make Fido wear an elf hat. Dogs love that! It’ll be a grand canine parade and volunteers will also bring adoptable dogs to the stroll, so if you don’t yet have a pooch to dress up, maybe you’ll meet one at the parade.

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