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SantaCon NYC 2021 guide

Here’s everything you need to know about SantaCon NYC 2021—Gotham's wildest Christmas event.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

No matter which side of it you fall on, the most festive drinking event in Gotham has to be SantaCon NYC.

Hordes will dress up as Christmas characters from gingerbread cookies and reindeer, but of course, Kris Kringle is the most popular choice of those who attend the boozy crawl to some of the best bars in NYC. In the past, some bars have banned dressed-up folks, so your best bet is to stick to the organizer’s map to have a jolly time. This is certainly one of the most popular (and despised) NYC events in December, so try to avoid acting like a bad Santa. The creators just want the affair to be safe and fun for everyone involved. (That means no drunk ice-skating, got it?) Obviously, only elves who are 21-and-older can participate. For more information, read our guide to SantaCon NYC 2021 below.

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When is SantaCon NYC 2021?

SantaCon NYC is usually on the second Saturday in December. In this case, Saturday, December 11. 

Where is SantaCon NYC 2021?

SantaCon NYC usually invades bars all over New York City. The official locations are also usually released days leading up to the event. You can follow @SantaCon on Twitter to find out where you're welcome, or sign up for text message alerts.

This year, it'll stop at 46 locations across midtown and trickling down to the East Village, including at Lucy's Royal Cantina, Local West, The Liberty, Mustang Harry's, The Ainsworth, and Doc Holiday's.

You can see it fully mapped out at

How do I join SantaCon NYC 2021?

For more information, visit SANTACON.NYC and RSVP on Facebook. You can also donate to the organizer's charitable causes hereMost of the venues are free to enter with no cover charge. Only the special venues require a $13 (tax-deductible) donation, as they are larger and offer additional perks such as a DJ, holiday decorations, etc. For those spots, participants are given a snazzy SantaCon pendant to get through the doors. Consider SANTACONMAP.COM your Rudolph for guiding your "sleigh" during the event.