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Monster of the Month w/ Colin Dickey: Santa Claus

December 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore the world’s greatest monsters, myths, and legends with paranormal author and cultural historian, Colin Dickey!

What’s hiding in those woods? Is there something under your bed? Have you heard the stories about the creature in the water?

Join Atlas Obscura, and author Colin Dickey for Monster of the Month, an new online show where we’ll explore various cryptids, ghosts, and other creatures that lurk just below the surface of polite debate. Is there any truth to the stories? And why are we drawn to them in the first place? During this hour-long event Colin will share the lore and the history, the myth and the science of the world of the monstrous!

For this show on December 21, Colin will be digging into the legend of Santa Claus! Who is this creature who lives in the most remote place on Earth, surrounded by mythical beings, taking a peculiar interest in the deeds of children while keeping himself strangely aloof from human society? And why do we leave cookies and milk out for him, anyway? This month we’ll tackle the most famous and beloved monster of all time: Santa Claus. What is the connection between Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and Bigfoot and the Yeti? Trace the family tree back far enough, and one finds a startling family resemblance between the cryptids of the redwoods and the Himalayas, and Father Christmas himself.


Colin Dickey is the author of four books, including The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained; and Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. He is a cultural historian who has traveled the country in search of ghosts, aliens, and monsters, and whose work focuses on the morbid and the macabre, as well as the fringe beliefs that linger at the margins of culture.


Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+. 

This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.

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December 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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