SantaCon is debatably the most popular NYC bar crawl of the year, with droves of visitors entering the city for the all-day drinking spectacle. And though it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID (much to many New Yorkers’ delight…drunk Santas in the streets are not super fun for locals), it returned in full force last year, and the same is set for this year. So yes, expect to see tons of Santas roaming around the city the second weekend of December!
When is SantaCon 2023?
The holiday-themed event will draw hordes of Santa suits to bars across NYC starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9th. 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.
How long has SantaCon been around?
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 5 F’s of SantaCon to follow that’s shared on their website, reminding participants to respect bar staff, NYPD (who will be at every stop), and not drink more than Santa can handle!
Where does SantaCon start?
This year’s staring point is on Broadway. Stay up to date on the latest participating SantaCon venues on the 2023 map on their website here.
How much does SantaCon cost?
With dozens of venues and special performances each year, SantaCon organizers are asking for a small donation to obtain passes for entry into all of the official parties. For $15 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. Nearly one million dollars has been raised over the past 10 years!
: Participating venues can be found on website
: Saturday, December 9th starting at 10 a.m.
Tickets: Make your donation here