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Five fun alternatives to SantaCon this weekend

Written by
Lauren Rothman

These events will give you all the thrills of SantaCon, with none of the douchiness.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to SantaCon in NYC 

1. Juice Crawl: A defining feature of SantaCon is the journey from one drinking destination to the next, but who says those locales have to sling spirits? To cleanse your bod before the next round of holiday feasting, go on an überhealthy juice crawl in Soho. The morning kicks off with a 9:30am yoga class, followed by a hydrating “pregame” of maple water and stops at Vitamin Chick, LuliTonix and Pressed Juicery. Bottoms up! Athleta, 121 Wooster St. Sat 12 9:30am–12:30pm; $45–$65.

2. The 2016 NYC Good Whiskey Passport: Then, of course, there are those who think SantaCon’s only redeeming quality is the booze. If a sloppy-drunk night is calling your name, grab a Good Whiskey Passport. You can show the $37 booklet at more than 40 bars for your choice of a whiskey cocktail or one-ounce neat pour at each. It’s good for two months (we don’t suggest hitting all 40 in one night!), kicking off on Saturday. Proceeds support God’s Love We Deliver and the Billion Oyster Project. Sat 13–Feb 13; $3

3. Santa Shuffle 5K: If you fancy yourself a Saint Nick look-alike but your tastes run—literally—more toward cardio than carbo-loading, lace up your sneaks for the annual Santa Shuffle. The 5K run’s $50 fee benefits the Prospect Park youth track club and includes a Santa suit, to be distributed at Windsor Terrace pub Farrell’s. Feel free to grab a morning pint, and don’t worry if it slows you down—you’re not expected to sprint. Prospect Park, Prospect Park West to Washington Ave between Prospect Park Southwest and Eastern Pkwy. Sun 13 at 11am; $50. 

4. Unsilent Night: An annual favorite, Unsilent Night gathers music aficionados in Washington Square Park, armed with boomboxes or newer-fangled audio gear. Founder Phil Kline will kick off a massive chorus of the eponymous 45-minute electronic composition
he created in 1992. Participants will hit “play” at once, creating a sidewalk-reverberating take on Christmas caroling as they march to Tompkins Square Park. Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl between MacDougal St and University Pl. Sat 12 at 6:45pm; free.

5. Quiet Clubbing: Anyone who’s been to a silent disco knows there’s something both silly and liberating about grooving to a beat that’s entirely your own and also belongs to everyone around you. Try it for free this weekend at Brookfield Place’s glassed-in winter garden, where you can tune your wireless headphones to whichever of the party’s three DJs is playing your song. The garden’s current winter lantern installation will find some competition among the crowd’s glowing headphones. 200 Vesey St. Sat 12 7–11pm; free.

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