Santa revellers descend on London in annual jamboree

Santacon revellers congregate near the Palace of Westminster for their annual celebration
Santacon revellers congregate near the Palace of Westminster for their annual celebration Photo: @leena_mari, Twitter

Hundreds of Father Christmas enthusiasts have gathered in London for the annual SantaCon.

Santacon revellers gather at Waterloo station, as snapped by ITV News weather presenter Lucy Verasamy
Santacon revellers gather at Waterloo station, as snapped by ITV News weather presenter Lucy Verasamy Credit: Lucy Verasamy, Twitter

The SantaCon event is held in cities around the world, and in 2007 set a Guinness World Record when more than 17,000 Santas gathered in Ireland.

En route to Santacon, London
En route to Santacon, London Credit: @cantrinmedwards, Twitter

The organisers have issued useful guidance to their revellers, including nuggets of advice such as: "You MUST address everyone as 'Santa', you SHOULD 'ho-ho-ho' like Santa, you OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa."

Santa revellers gathering in London's Leicester Square
Santa revellers gathering in London's Leicester Square Credit: @lilymakurah, Twitter