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Santa crazy! Hundreds take part in annual SantaCon pub crawl in Manhattan

If you’re in a big city and find yourself among a group of Santas in the midst of an orgy of drunken debauchery, you’re at SantaCon.

In New York City, the naughty band of Kris Kringles appeared to behave itself this year, as the New York Police Department said that nothing unusual was reported.

On social media, however, one drunken reveler was seen falling over on a Manhattan sidewalk and tripping another woman as she walked by. 

On social media, video emerged showing a drunken reveler falling over on a Manhattan sidewalk and tripping another woman as she walked by as hundreds celebrated SantaCon in New York City on Saturday

The man loses his balance and appears on the verge of passing out. As he lands face first on the pavement, a passerby's foot gets caught underneath his head

The man loses his balance and appears on the verge of passing out. As he lands face first on the pavement, a passerby’s foot gets caught underneath his head

The woman is seen in the above photo tripping over the man's head. Video of the incident went viral on Twitter

The woman is seen in the above photo tripping over the man’s head. Video of the incident went viral on Twitter

The man lost his balance and appeared to be on the verge of passing out. 

As he landed face first on the pavement, a passerby’s foot got caught underneath his head, sending her flying into the concrete.

The annual pub crawl usually results in revelers being flagged for public urination, littering, and the usual disorder that results from mass drunkenness.

But the authorities in New York have managed to contain the fallout in recent years after mass transit banned carrying alcohol and police beefed up their presence while getting advance notice of the pub crawl route, according to Newsday.

Hundreds of Santas and his helpers hit more than five dozen bars, pubs, strip clubs, and karaoke spots beginning Saturday morning.

SantaCon participants line up outside Legends Bar in New York City on Saturday

SantaCon participants line up outside Legends Bar in New York City on Saturday

The New York crawl, one of dozens scheduled in cities around the world, wound its way to Manhattan’s Lower East Side

The New York crawl, one of dozens scheduled in cities around the world, wound its way to Manhattan’s Lower East Side

In the image above, a bouncer and a police officer attempt to control the massive crowd lined up outside Legends in Midtown

In the image above, a bouncer and a police officer attempt to control the massive crowd lined up outside Legends in Midtown

The bouncer is seen left as he deals with revelers who appear anxious to get inside the bar on Saturday

The bouncer is seen left as he deals with revelers who appear anxious to get inside the bar on Saturday

One reveler held up a religious sign as the crowd waited outside Legends Bar in Midtown on Saturday

One reveler held up a religious sign as the crowd waited outside Legends Bar in Midtown on Saturday

One woman falls over on the sidewalk and into a tree in Manhattan as her friend (left) tries to help her up

One woman falls over on the sidewalk and into a tree in Manhattan as her friend (left) tries to help her up

In years past, SantaCon has been marred by incidents of public urination, disorder, littering, and general debauchery

In years past, SantaCon has been marred by incidents of public urination, disorder, littering, and general debauchery

SantaCon is the annual, often inebriated gathering of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping

SantaCon is the annual, often inebriated gathering of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping

One participant got dressed up as The Grinch. SantaCon was scheduled to be held in over 100 cities, mostly in the United States

One participant got dressed up as The Grinch. SantaCon was scheduled to be held in over 100 cities, mostly in the United States

A SantaCon participant is seen above taking a sip of beer as she and other revelers wait on line outside a bar in Manhattan on Saturday

A SantaCon participant is seen above taking a sip of beer as she and other revelers wait on line outside a bar in Manhattan on Saturday

A woman helps a friend put on a Santa hat outside a Manhattan bar hosting a SantaCon event on Saturday

A woman helps a friend put on a Santa hat outside a Manhattan bar hosting a SantaCon event on Saturday

In an effort to mitigate the fallout of mass public drunkenness, mass transit authorities instituted a 24-hour alcohol ban from Saturday at noon until Sunday at noon

In an effort to mitigate the fallout of mass public drunkenness, mass transit authorities instituted a 24-hour alcohol ban from Saturday at noon until Sunday at noon

Two women participating in SantaCon pose for the camera while trying to stay warm on a chilly winter day in Manhattan

Two women participating in SantaCon pose for the camera while trying to stay warm on a chilly winter day in Manhattan

The route of this year’s SantaCon spanned from Kell’s Kitchen, Midtown, and Chelsea toward the East Village

The route of this year’s SantaCon spanned from Kell’s Kitchen, Midtown, and Chelsea toward the East Village

The route of this year’s SantaCon spanned from Kell’s Kitchen, Midtown, and Chelsea toward the East Village.

Connor Keeler said he started drinking at around 8:30am. The alcohol ban on mass transit went into effect at noon, so that gave Keeler time to get ready.

‘First official beer, but I pre-gamed on the train on the way over,’ the 22-year-old biotechnologist from Fort Salonga, Long Island told Newsday.

He said he bought a Santa costume on Amazon for $38.

‘Long Island represent!’ he yelled.

Keeler and his friends were at a Manhattan beer garden on West 33rd Street. By 10:30am, they were belting out versions of Last Christmas by Wham! 

SantaCon is free to attend, but scammers and con artists try to sell revelers tickets

SantaCon is free to attend, but scammers and con artists try to sell revelers tickets

A participant dressed as Santa Claus adjusts his costume while waiting in line to enter a bar during SantaCon

A participant dressed as Santa Claus adjusts his costume while waiting in line to enter a bar during SantaCon

Three participants of SantaCon embrace during the festivities in New York City on Saturday

Three participants of SantaCon embrace during the festivities in New York City on Saturday

SantaCon's New York City event on Facebook indicated that more than 3,000 people would attend

SantaCon’s New York City event on Facebook indicated that more than 3,000 people would attend

A SantaCon reveler is seen above taking part in the festivities at a bar in New York City on Saturday

A SantaCon reveler is seen above taking part in the festivities at a bar in New York City on Saturday

A cast on the right foot of this Santa wasn't going to prevent him from heading out to the streets of Manhattan and having fun at SantaCon on Saturday

A cast on the right foot of this Santa wasn’t going to prevent him from heading out to the streets of Manhattan and having fun at SantaCon on Saturday

Revelers braved the chilly weather, which saw temperatures dip into the 30s with a windchill in the 20s

Revelers braved the chilly weather, which saw temperatures dip into the 30s with a windchill in the 20s

A woman dressed as a reindeer wears a sign indicating she's 'blitzed' at SantaCon in New York on Saturday

A woman dressed as a reindeer wears a sign indicating she’s ‘blitzed’ at SantaCon in New York on Saturday

SantaCon revelers are seen outside Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday

SantaCon revelers are seen outside Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday

This couple is having a merry good time as they get ready for the Christmas season at SantaCon on Saturday

This couple is having a merry good time as they get ready for the Christmas season at SantaCon on Saturday

A man plants a kiss on the cheek of a woman at a New York City bar during SantaCon on Saturday

A man plants a kiss on the cheek of a woman at a New York City bar during SantaCon on Saturday

He still had the entire day ahead of him.

‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint,’ said Keeler. 

‘No matter what religion, we’re all here, celebrating SantaCon!’ 

The annual, often inebriated gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus as they go barhopping will be held in more than 120 cities in the United States and abroad, according to SantaCon.info. 

The website, which bills itself as the established authority on the event, lists details of festivities around the globe, discounts on Santa Claus costumes and advice on how to avoid ticket scams for the events which are mostly free. 

On SantaCon’s New York City event page on Facebook, more than 3,000 people said they would be going.  

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