December in Seattle: the happiest time of the year. The holiday season is filled with magic and joy as everyone is on their best behavior to ensure they make Santa’s nice list. It was in this jolly spirit that I and the TWIF crew set out in the frosted air full of sugar plum fairies for an appropriately silent night. It even inspired me to pen a little poem.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house;
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
….. when WHAT?! Is Santa drinking a BEER over there?!
Okay, maybe I set the scene a little too angelic. This was a TWIF event after all. Maybe the poem should have gone a little more this:
‘Twas a night at the bar with all the best of Seattle
When an elf appeared and started to rattle,
“Bad Santa is here, you can sit by his side”
… Okay, this is a terrible poem, I totally lied.
Rhyming notwithstanding, you may be just a little bit curious. What could “Bad Santa” possibly be like?
Here’s how it works: For a donated fee to TWIF, you get to sit on Bad Santa’s lap with a group of naughty elves and get your photo taken, just like at the mall but a little more bad. On Friday December 5th, the Narwhal in Capitol Hill was packed with eager bar-goers ready to sit down with Santa. The next night, Saturday December 6th, was equally festive at Georgetown Liquor Company in Georgetown. Check out the hilarious pictures.
Want to get your own special moment with Bad Santa? On Friday December 19th Santa and his elves will make a special appearance at the People’s Pub in Ballard, starting at 8pm. Then, on Saturday December 20th, Santa’s sleigh stumbles into Toronado in Ravenna.
Here’s the breakdown on photo packages. Bring cash if you want to pay at the bar, or buy your tickets ahead of time on our event page.
Santa Loves You List - $45.00: Skip the lines and get other perks year round when you purchase this package which includes two poses (available digitally) and three Polaroid photos for instant gratification, PLUS a one year TWIF Membership to get TWIF's VIP perks year round.
Santa's "Nice" List - Skip the Lines Package A: This $25.00 package includes one pose (available digitally) and three Polaroid photos for instant gratification.
Santa's "Nice" List - Skip the Lines Package B: This $20.00 package includes one pose (available digitally) and one Polaroid photo for instant gratification.
Santa's "Nice" List - Skip the Lines Package C: This $15.00 package includes one pose (available digitally).
Not only do you get to donate to the amazing things that TWIF does all year long, you also get a festive photograph to take home. Your stocking may come with coal this year, but trust us, it’s worth it.
(Bad Santa part two recap… coming in two weeks!)
-Lana O’Brien is a newsletter editor and blogger for The World Is Fun