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Angels Fans To Set World Record For Wearing Santa Hats

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Saint Nick will be making an early cameo tonight in Anaheim. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Saint Nick will be making an early cameo tonight in Anaheim. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — It’s not even July, but Anaheim Stadium will feel more like the North Pole Wednesday night – and it’s all about making history.

Fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing Santa hats during tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

As part of the team’s “1/2 Way to Christmas” celebration exactly six months before the holiday season, fans at the start of the fifth inning will be asked to wear for five consecutive minutes the Angels Santa hats they will have received on entering the stadium.

After the five minutes have elapsed, a Guinness World Records adjudicator will officially certify the new record, which is expected to shatter the previous record of 872 people.

Setting world records is nothing new for Angels fans: the team set records for the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets in 2010, most people wearing costume masks in 2011, largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats in 2012 and largest gathering of people wearing wigs in a single venue in 2013.

In honor of the “1/2 Way To Christmas” theme, Angel Stadium will be transformed to celebrate the Christmas season – which doesn’t arrive for another 180 days or so – complete with a reindeer petting zoo behind home plate, falling “snow” and photo opportunities with Santa Clause on the center field terrace.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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