SantaCon to start in Tompkins Square Park, sources say

For the first time ever, organizers of the annual bar crawl are working with the NYPD to keep the notoriously sloppy event in line

SantaCon 2012

SantaCon 2012 Photographer: Phyllis B. Dooney

SantaCon is just over a week away, and for the first time in its 19-year history, organizers are working with city officials to better manage the havoc wreaked by thousands of drunk Santas. The holiday boozefest, happening December 14 in NYC, has gotten some official opposition this year: A Midtown North precinct lieutenant wrote a letter urging about 30 bars in Hell's Kitchen not to welcome the festive (read: wasted) Kris Kringle wanna-bes.

Perhaps in response to the tepid ban—itself a result of residents' complaints about partiers fighting, urinating and vomiting in the street—the SantaCon crew is working with the NYPD and local politicians to keep the event's uncouth tendencies in check. According to the Daily News, they released the crawl's route ahead of time to officials—something that's never happened before. This way, the city can plan for overcrowding and traffic issues (we hope). Plus, SantaCon will have about 80 "elves" on-site to help folks navigate the city.

The Daily News reports that the daylong bash will kick off in Tompkins Square Park, make its way through the East Village and the Lower East Side, and head over to Brooklyn. Will you be hiding at home, or will you be storming the streets with the rest of the costumed revelers?

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