- SantaCon in New York City: The annual SantaCon charity pub crawl took place in New York City, with participants dressed as Santa Claus and other Christmas characters.
- Event Details: The event started at 10 a.m. in midtown Manhattan bars and clubs, moving downtown to end at 8 p.m. in East Village establishments.
- Charitable Aspect: Organizers encouraged a $15 donation for entry into participating venues, with proceeds going to charitable causes.
- Global Celebrations: Similar Christmas-themed events occurred in various cities across the U.S. and Europe, including San Francisco, Cincinnati, London, and Berlin.
- Transit Regulations: Local commuter rail lines implemented bans on alcohol consumption on trains to Manhattan from early Saturday morning through noon Sunday to manage the event’s impact.
- NYPD’s Reminder: The New York Police Department reminded participants of the city’s open container laws, which prohibit consuming alcohol on the streets.
- MTA Police Statement: MTA Police Chief John Mueller emphasized the importance of safe and orderly travel during the holiday season.
The Associated Press has the story:
Thousands of revelers descend on NYC for annual Santa-themed bar crawl SantaCon
Newslooks- NEW YORK (AP)
The booze-fueled stroll, which included no shortage of Grinches, elves and other Christmas-themed costumes, kicked off at 10 a.m. in bars and clubs in midtown Manhattan. Revelers were expected to make their way downtown where the festivities end at 8 p.m. in local watering holes in the East Village.
The organizers encouraged participants to donate $15 to enter participating venues, which they have said will go to charitable causes.
As in years past, transit agencies hoped to keep the revelry from causing too much chaos in the nation’s busiest train system.
Commuter rail lines from New Jersey and the New York suburbs banned passengers from drinking on trains headed into Manhattan starting from 4 a.m. Saturday through noon Sunday.
NYPD also reminded revelers that the city’s open container laws that prohibits consuming alcohol in the street still applies.
“Ensuring everyone has access to safe and orderly travel is a top priority,” MTA Police Chief John Mueller said in a statement earlier this week announcing the restrictions. “The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, and we want everyone to get to their destination smoothly and on time while enjoying the festivities.”