Whether you would put the unofficial New York City holiday decidedly in the naughty or nice category, SantaCon 2017 is almost upon us and city residents should get prepared.
We hope you already rented your Santa costume for SantaCon 2017, otherwise you might want to start planning on some other Christmas-themed costume — go-tos every year include Will Ferrell’s get up from Elf, Rudolph, Mrs. Claus and, yep, even Christmas trees. Although it will probably put you out of the running for best costume in your group of revelers, ugly Christmas sweaters will be awarded participation points in a pinch.
Once you have that figured out, it’s time to tackle the second component of SantaCon: the drinking. And, well, the rules that have sprung up because of some bad behavior in past years.
But, wait, what is SantaCon?
SantaCon is an unofficial gathering of people dressed up like Santa, naturally. But then these people, all dressed up like the jolliest and nicest man of them all, get a little naughty. They go on a bar crawl. Think that means it happens in the evening? Think again.
Although we’re talking specifically about SantaCon in NYC, there are other SantaCon events across the United States. Cities like San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Hoboken, Seattle and Chicago each have a SantaCon of some size, whether large or small.
Although many New York City residents, especially those in Murray Hill and Kips Bay, might know it as the day that there are a lot of drunk Santas clogging up the sidewalks, the site for the event describes it as “a charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical Santa Claus convention that happens once a year to spread absurdist joy.” Whether or not you agree with the “joy” part of their statement, we think everyone can agree to