And though it was canceled last year due to COVID (much to many New Yorkers’ delight…drunk Santas in the streets are not super fun for locals), it will be back this year. So yes, expect to see tons of Santas roaming around the city this weekend!
The holiday-themed event will draw hordes of Santa hats to bars in the East Village and Midtown starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 11. Go from bar to bar spreading holiday cheer with a pint (or pitcher) of beer! Following the crowd won’t be hard considering everyone gets decked out in Santa outfits, or any Christmas related attire really.
SantaCon has been around for quite a while and somehow manages to get even bigger with each year. The festivities are known to get rowdy, though there is a strict “Santa’s Creed” shared on the website, reminding participants to respect NYC vaccination rules, NYPD (who will be at every stop), and not drink more than Santa can handle!
This year’s participating SantaCon venues can be found on the map below, but the official starting point will be at Broadway & 40th St.
Santa symbols = big venues/clubs, gingerbread men = Midtown East bars, reindeer = East Village bars, and snowmen = Midtown West bars.
With over 35 venues and special performances happening, SantaCon organizers are asking for a small donation to obtain passes for entry into all of the official parties. For $14 you can get into all venues, and the money will go to a combination of local charities including Neighbors Together, City Harvest, Figment NYC, and more. You can see the full list on their website here.
What: Official SantaCon
Location: Midtown & East Village
When: Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: Make your donation here