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SantaCon Coming to Bushwick This December

By Serena Dai | November 17, 2014 4:06pm
 SantaCon took over an East Village bar on Dec. 14, 2013.
SantaCon took over an East Village bar on Dec. 14, 2013.
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BUSHWICK — Holiday pub crawl SantaCon is headed to the neighborhood this year, according to an email to local bar owners.

Organizers sent one local bar owner, who asked not to be identified, a letter on Sunday saying that the crawl — which usually doesn't announce its route until the day before the event — would be arriving in Bushwick this year.

The event will take place on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in "Bushwick/Jefftown," according to an email to a bar owner obtained by DNAinfo New York.

"If we list your venue, it will be FULL of paying patrons," the email said.

Bushwick Daily first reported the crawl's arrival in the neighborhood.

The four-hour drinking event where participants dress up as Santa Claus or other Christmas characters has previously been blasted by police and locals as a "scourge" that is accompanied by bargoers' public vomiting, urination, vandalism and littering.

After the event went to Hell's Kitchen in 2012, area police asked organizers to move it. Last year's event in the East Village and Lower East Side attracted more than 30,000 people, according to SantaCon.

It's unclear how many area bars SantaCon's organizers contacted. The organizers did not return a request for comment.

SantaCon's email to bars asked that the venues be participating locations for the crawl. It also said that organizers are "partnering with the local police precinct, community board and parks department."

"This year, Santa is working even more closely with local community leaders and organizations to ensure that the event remains enjoyable for locals and Santas alike," organizers wrote in a FAQ for bar owners.

But an associate at Community Board 4 said district manager Nadine Whitted had not heard from organizers and did not yet have comment. An executive officer at the 83rd precinct also said police had not yet heard about SantaCon's plan to come to the neighborhood.