Santas invade rural Costa Rica

January 15, 2014

The Costa Rican town of Paraíso was visited by a troop of Santa Clauses Saturday in the area’s first Santacon, hosted by the local hostel Brewha Costa Rica.

Now a tradition in many large cities worldwide, Santacons are large gatherings of bar-goers dressed in Santa suits. The events often bring together hundreds of people, overwhelming city blocks.

With only three popular bars in town, Paraíso was not adequately prepared for a Santa siege, even a small one.

It started back at the hostel, where everyone donned beards and Santa hats.

 

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Even the dog, Charlie, got a beard. It may not look like it, but he loved it.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

After too much mulled wine, it was time to leave.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

But a dark jungle hike was required to get to a cab.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Before hitting the bars, the Santas decided to go to the playground.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Where they blew off Costa Rica’s strict handicapped laws.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

They took photos under Christmas trees.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

And a stray dog interrupted because that’s what happens in Costa Rica.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Then they hit the bars.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Little known fact: Santa Claus’s favorite beer is Imperial.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

The stray dog followed the Santas to the bar.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

But no one else really seemed to notice their presence.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Until the Santas started attacking random cars in the streets.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

And yelling “ho ho ho” at passersby.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

They defiled trashcans.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

And had mysterious late night phone conversations

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

But there wasn’t all that much going on in town.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

So they found other ways to amuse themselves. Like getting stuck in trees.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

And stealing each other’s beards.

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

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Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times

 

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