‘Twas the night before SantaCon and all through NYC
Thousands were dressing as St. Nick, elves and trees.

Early to bed they all went that night
in prep for day drinking by the wee morning light.

At dawn we all gathered, gay apparel donned
and waited for Santa to “tweet” to the throng.

As the daylight dimmed we prayed for no drunken fights
and instead wished to all a very boozy good night.
Well friends, that pretty much sums up my weekend participating in SantaCon, a nationwide event where thousands of revelers dress to the nines in holiday garb and await instructions on a Twitter feed for where to bar hop.

My journey took me from DUMBO in Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge to the South Street Seaport, up toward Grand Central (where I happily clocked out, after eight hours of drinking). The rest of the party took Santas, Hannukah Harrys, Gingerbread Men and other riff-raff alike to Times Square, the New York Public Library and finally Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.

SantaCon is an annual event so if you’re making a trip to New York during holiday time, make sure you check the date because this is one cheer-fest you won’t want to miss.