Pub Crawling Santas Get Into Street Brawl

Apparently, a group of people dressed as Santa Claus had a little too much Christmas cheer this weekend:

These quarrelsome Santas definitely should pen themselves in on the “naughty” list this year, after engaging in a drunken street brawl following SantaCon on the streets of New York City Saturday night. We don’t know what triggered the incident, but we can be sure Mrs. Claus will be kicking Santa to the couch tonight.

SantaCon, a Santa-themed pub crawl which sees thousands of revelers in Santa costumes pour through New York’s bars, has faced criticism lately for rowdy participants that imbibe too much “Christmas Spirit.” Despite a push this year for SantaCon-ers to donate to charity and spread joy, “Not terror. Not vomit. Not trash,” the video, titled “Santapocalypse NYC 2013,” won’t be helping their case much.

Here’s some video (slightly NSFW due to language):

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    The most important question remains unanswered: what race were the Santas?

    And Doug, I am gravely disappointed in you. “Pub Crawling Santas Get Into Street Brawl?” How unimaginative. “Jingle Brawls.” “Deck The Brawls.” The possibilities are infinite.

  2. Franklin says:

    Jenos: newsworthy and kinda punny. I gave it a thumb’s up.

  3. 11B40 says:


    “War in Christmas”, anyone ???

  4. gVOR08 says:

    The one in the green jacket looks to be more of an elf than a Santa. Perhaps there are racial tensions at the North Pole we mortals are unaware of.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    We had SantaCon here in San Francisco this past weekend.

    To my knowledge, no animals were harmed or injured during the bar crawl festivities of SantaCon. As far as harm to people and overconsumption of alcohol? Didn’t happen.

  6. dazedandconfused says:

    Santa jingled some bells.