Merry Christmas (Santa Cos 2013)

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In this December 15, 2012 file photo, revellers dressed up in Santa outfits travel on a bus in London during a SantaCon festival parade through the streets of London. (Photo by Sang Tan/AP Photo) 2126

Dave Ruiz and Cody Sienkiewicz, who came from Long Island and Massachusetts respectively, look to join up with the crowd for SantaCon 2013 in the East Village neighborhood of New York. The costumed pub crawl has garnered a reputation as a hard-drinking and exceedingly chaotic affairr. (Photo by Kirsten Luce/The New York Times)

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A reveler dressed as Santa Claus enjoys a cigarette as he participates in the Santarchy mass gathering in Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) 1814

Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run during the “mini-marathon” in Madrid. (Photo by Andres Kudacki/Reuters)

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SantaCon is an annual event in which people dressed in Santa Claus costumes engage in bar crawls. It is also known as Santarchy, Santa Rampage, the Red Menace and Santapalooza. It originated in San Francisco in 1994 and has since spread to cities around the world, and now takes place in 300 cities in 44 countries, including New York City. London, Belfast and Moscow. The New York SantaCon is the largest, with an estimated 30,000 people participating in 2012

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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus walk in the snow during SantaCon in New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Runners gather at the start line for the annual “Santa Speedo Run” in Boston. (Photo by Gretchen Ertl/Reuters)

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Christmas spirit at Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan as Suzi Hoops joins Santa’s of all kind gather on this snowy day, December 12th, 2013. (Photo by John Roca) 495

In this December 15, 2012 file photo, revellers dressed up in Santa gather at Trafalgar Square in London during a SantaCon festival in London. SantaCon events unfold in more than 300 cities worldwide and the New York celebration is one of the biggest, but complaints about boorish, bar-hopping St. Nicks at previous SantaCons got attention from local officials and the NYPD. (Photo by Sang Tan/AP Photo)

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