It’s becoming quite clear that since Vancouver’s “fun factor” awakening during the Olympics back in February this year, there has sprung a new creative energy within the city. Vancouverite’s of all ages, all of a sudden, seem more eager than ever to don any number of different themed costumes and congregate in public places en mass to celebrate anything from Zombies to Pillow Fights.
It’s with this in mind then that it should come as no surprise that a couple of Christmas flash mobs have come and gone over the past few weeks or so in Vancouver – the first being the Vancouver chapter of a worldwide event known as “Stantacon”.
Vancouver Santacon 2010
It just so happened that I was down town when Santacon came to town. I couldn’t work out why the down town core was literally crawling with Santa’s of all shapes and sizes. I put it down to some huge Santa-themed Christmas party, but it turned out it was actually Santacon in full flight.
So what exactly is Santacon? I’ll leave it to the SantaCon.info website to answer that one:
In a nutshell, SantaCon is for adults – where guys & girls of legal age dress up like Santa and go cavorting around town for no better reason than that it’s huge fun.
Simple as that really.
Operation Snowflake @ YVR
Hot on the heels of the recent and hugely popular T-Mobile “Welcome Back” promotion in the UK, the folk at Air Canada came up with the following effort titled “Operation Snowflake” which featured over 60 performers wishing Air Canada customers a Merry Christmas through spontaneous song and dance at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Note: If you’re wondering what “Abandon Paris” is all about, well it’s not an anti-French political statement of sorts, but rather the name of the band that performs in the check-in hall during the dance. Don’t worry, I was wondering too…