Santacon is Coming to Town

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

Before Santa Claus comes to town, the annual Christmas costume extravaganza, SantaCon, comes to New York City.

The annual event, which began in 1994, encourages people to dress up in full Santa garb or other Christmas characters such as reindeer and elves. Participants then spend the day visiting various bars throughout participating cities.

Although there are events in cities across the globe, one of the largest SantaCon events in the United States takes place in New York City.


Hundreds of Santas jammed into Houston Hall on the LES to celebrate Santacon 2018 in NYC. Photo by Brian Hester

Santacon participants turned out in record numbers this year including these pictured here awaiting entry to the low east side Houston Hall. Photo by Brian Hester

A happy Grinch enjoys a Grinch lollipop while chatting on her cell phone at Santacon 2018. Photo by Brian Hester

A group of young men dressed as Santa make their way across Houston street while participating in the pub crawl known as Santacon Photo by Brian Hester

Santa's danced the day away at the 2018 NYC Santacon. Photo by Brian Hester

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