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Check Out the Scenes From This Year's SantaCon

By Paul DeBenedetto | December 11, 2016 11:11am | Updated on December 12, 2016 2:46pm
 Santas celebrate on the balcony of Professor Thom's in the East Village during SantaCon 2016.
Santas celebrate on the balcony of Professor Thom's in the East Village during SantaCon 2016.
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Every year, Santas from across the city gather for a day of bar-hopping revelry and good cheer — or, depending on your point of view, to declare war on all that is good and decent, and wreak havoc upon unsuspecting New Yorkers.

This year was no exception, as the sauced-up Santas of SantaCon 2016 marched through the city Saturday, stopping at more than 45 bars and strip clubs along their route through Midtown, Gramercy, Flatiron and the East Village.

As with every year, the event was not without its share of controversy: Anti-SantaCon pranksters posted signs across the East Village declaring the event "cancelled." The MTA banned alcohol on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, to deter a boozy bridge-and-tunnel crowd. And two protestors were arrested right as the bar crawl kicked off, according to the Daily News.

But for better or for worse (definitely worse), this year's SantaCon went along mostly as planned, with red-and-white clad partiers joined by elves, reindeer, Grinches and even Christmas trees, marching through the streets of Manhattan, where they took to social media to document the festivities.

Check out some of the sights and sounds of SantaCon below.

 

Who needs Santa's lap when you've got Amanda's back? #santaconnyc

A photo posted by Jacquie Faldetta (@jacquiegiovanna) on

 

🆕📷Highlight from yesterday's @santaconnyc #santaconnyc #santacon #phazion #phazionphotography #phazionportrait

A photo posted by Brian Everett Francis (@bee_phazion) on

 

What finals?🎅🏿 #nonewfriends #dayones #santaconnyc

A photo posted by m e g a n (@megangermain) on

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year🎅#santaconnyc #framily #theonlytimewilliestheminority

A photo posted by Kristen Priscilla (@k_priscilla) on

 

Had #fun raising funds for #santaconnyc. Surround yourself with warmth and good vibes. You'll get confused otherwise...

A photo posted by Crystelle Reola (@crysteller) on

 

#santaconnyc #nothankssantas #mykindofplace #nyc

A photo posted by michruby (@michruby) on

 

#traffic #trump and #santaconnyc #dumpsterfire #trifecta

A photo posted by Blake Callaway (@blakec67) on

 

#santaclaus #santaconnyc

A photo posted by Marco Ricci (@marco_ricci_86) on