To some, SantaCon is a merry expression of holiday cheer, and a good way to make friends while getting into the Christmas spirit. To others, it’s the worst kind of flash mob: drunk, garishly costumed people who think they’re way funnier than they actually are.
SantaCon, the event where folks dressed as Santa Claus go on a holiday bar crawl, is a love-it-or-hate-it holiday tradition, with observers strongly divided between “naughty” and “nice.”
Pro: SantaCon donates toys to the needy. The bars that participate do, too.
Con: SantaCon needs to make a video asking participants not to be “that guy.”
Pro: There’s some high-fashion SantaConning.
Con: It’s also been called “BroMan Dude-Con,” thanks to the bad behavior that seems to follow in SantaCon’s wake.
Pro: What’s wrong with being a little merry? It’s kind of like going wassailing, except with Bud Light.
Con: Derided as a “bridge-and-tunnel crowd,” one of the ultimate New York insults. “Go back to Hoboken,” says one commenter.