Like a bad case of crabs or a dead pet you accidentally buried in a cursed cemetery, the annual rowdy holiday tradition SantaCon is returning tomorrow.
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Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus will once again be hitching up their drinky-drank sleighs, and going on an epic bar crawl (and potential actual crawl) across Manhattan.
This year, the festivities will be invading several neighborhoods including Flatiron, the East Village and Midtown. Contrary to any flyers you may have seen downtown, the event is not, in fact, cancelled.
Despite a controversial past, organizers are promising a calmer iteration this time around. (And last year, the number of arrests was down to just five so hey, progress!) As extra precautions, the Metro-North and LIRR are banning alcohol on trains Saturday through early Sunday and the NYPD will be assigning extra officers to monitor the event.
The starting point for this year’s crawl will be 23rd St and Broadway in the Pedestrian Plaza outside of the Flatiron Building. If you’d like to receive updates about the event/warnings of any impending Santa hordes approaching you, text “Follow Santacon” to 40404.
For the full list of “Santa Clubs” and “Santa Bars” participating you can head to the official site or check out the map of the route below.