Santa Claus’ big night may be past for 2019, but before his trip around the world, a party in his honor was held in Cody.
Wyoming’s first “SantaCon,” a gathering of people dressed like the big man himself, was held Saturday, Dec. 21, in conjunction with a winter brewfest.
The party featuring costume contests, games and a wide variety of microbrews, was the creation of Janie Curtis, who said she had seen similar events in other communities.
“There’s not a whole lot going on in Cody this time of year, people are always looking for something to do,” she told Cowboy State Daily. “So I thought it would be fun to pair the brewfest with some kind of theme and SantaCon, to my knowledge, has never happened in Cody or even in Wyoming.”
The event helped raise money and awareness for “Got Your Six Outdoors,” a veteran support group in Cody.
“I’m always looking for organizations in town to support with my events,” Curtis said. “I try to choose organizations that could help anybody and touch as many different kinds of people as possible, so the veterans group was just kind of a natural choice.”
Curtis is also the organizer for the Bill Cody Races, another event that raises money for Cody charities.
Given the success of this year’s SantaCon, Curtis said she will absolutely put on the state’s second such event next year.
“I’ve heard about some costumes that people are planning,” she said. “People are definitely getting in to it, not just Santa, but theme Santas and elves and reindeer and just kind of being creative with it.”