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These Photos Are An Ode To The Hot Mess That Is SantaCon

It's the time of year for people of all (drinking) ages to participate in a yuletide tradition — the annual pub crawl that encourages big red bellies and debauchery.

Posted on December 11, 2021, at 5:03 p.m. ET

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Men dressed as a Santa drink at a bar called The Hall during the annual SantaCon pub crawl on Dec. 12, 2015, in New York.

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People dressed as Santa Claus gather at Father Duffy Square for SantaCon on Dec. 14, 2019, in New York City.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus at Father Duffy Square on Dec. 14, 2019

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People dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves arrive in Times Square as hundreds of Santas gather for the annual SantaCon festivities on Dec. 13, 2014.

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Various bawdy Santas occupy a lion at Trafalgar Square during the London SantaCon event.

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People dressed as Santa Claus gather at Father Duffy Square on Dec. 14, 2019, in New York City.

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People pose for a photo during SantaCon in New York on Dec. 14, 2019.

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Sam Bowmer (right) digs in his Santa bag as Stephen True takes a drink from his bottle outside a liquor store in Washington, DC.

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Hundreds of festive revelers dressed in Santa Claus outfits cross the road in Camden High Street on Dec. 16, 2006, in London.

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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus or in festive costumes arrive for the start of SantaCon in New York City, Dec. 8, 2018.

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Santa Clauses swing on a swing set on Dec. 11, 2004, in New York City.

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A member of SantaCon joins other revelers at a Hollywood bar in Los Angeles in 2011.

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Hundreds of Santas stand in Herald Square on Dec. 11, 2004, in New York City.

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People dressed as Santa Claus gather at Father Duffy Square for SantaCon on Dec. 14, 2019, in New York City.

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Santa Clauses hassle a limo driving on 44th Street on Dec. 11, 2004, in New York City.

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Revelers in Santa costumes gather outside St. Paul's Cathedral in central London on Dec. 14, 2013.

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Revelers stand in line outside a bar on Dec. 10, 2016, in New York.

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A person dressed as the Grinch gathers at Father Duffy Square on Dec. 14, 2019, in New York City.

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People dressed as Santa Claus cram into a subway car on Dec. 11, 2004, in New York City.

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Hundreds of Santa Clauses pack a bar in midtown on Dec. 11, 2004, in New York City.

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New Yorkers dressed as Santa Claus celebrate on Dec. 12, 2009, in New York City.

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People dressed in a Santa Claus on Dec. 9, 2017, in New York City.

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People in Santa costumes dance in a park on Dec. 10, 2016, in London.

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A man dressed as a Santa walks past a mural in Williamsburg on Dec. 12, 2015, in Brooklyn.

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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus celebrate in a bar on Dec. 11, 2010, in New York City.

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A person dressed as Santa Claus rolls around in the street on Dec. 8, 2018, in London.




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