SINGAPORE - Traditionally, Santa Claus is more used to snow than monsoon rain.
But on Friday, a group of people braved a trademark tropical downpour for Singapore's inaugural SantaCon, which kicked off with a Santa Crawl at Boat Quay.
A SantaCon is a gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus and festive costumes in public, while a Santa Crawl is an event where participants dressed up in that unmistakable red costume go from pub to pub to have a drink.
SantaCon is an event new to Singapore, but it has been held in cities such as New York and Perth.
Indeed, Singapore's version featured a SantaCon "veteran" of sorts.
"I was at Perth's SantaCon last week and since I'm here on vacation, I decided to attend this one too," said system analyst Chris Cooper, 54, one of the few "Santas" with a real white beard.
SantaCons are usually one-day affairs which involve plenty of drinking.
Indeed, the website for the New York SantaCon describes it a "nonsensical convention that happens once a year for absolutely no reason".
Singapore's SantaCon lasted two days - Friday and Saturday - and featured events such as pole-dancing Santarinas and a Miss Santabella pageant.