NYC Guide: Santacon

The annual mass gathering of people dressed as Santa Claus and his cohorts that descends upon the outer boroughs before congregating as one large group within Manhattan. Although technically not a bar crawl, the Santacon gathers will make several bar stops along their route and in between reindeer games. To participate, simply stay in line with the rules:

  • Santa looks like Santa. HOLIDAY APPAREL IS MANDATORY. A Santa hat is not enough. Get a Santa suit. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit. Get creative: be a Secret Santa, a Santasaurus, Candy-cane, a Reindeer, a Chanukah Chicken, a goddamn latke, Stewardess Santa, Knight Rider Santa, Crusty Peace Punk Santa, the occasional Legless Reindeer, Chanukah Squirrel, Emo-Elf, or the Santichrist.
    Just don’t wear your jeans.
  • Santa acts like Santa. Be jolly. Belly-laugh. Let people sit on your lap. Give out gifts.
    Santa loves reindeer games, stripper poles and creatively concealed guzzle-ables.
  • Santa doesn’t seek media attention. “Ho-ho-ho” is good. “Publicity ho” is lame.
  • Santa doesn’t get arrested