PHOTO ESSAY: SantaCon 2016 in daytime hours

Participants in the legendary holiday boozefest begin their long crawl through New York City's bars

Published December 17, 2016 8:29PM (EST)

Thousands of Santas took to the streets of New York City for SantaCon last weekend. The annual event has grown larger than Santa's belly since it began in the early '90s in San Francisco. This is part one in a two part photo series.

This essay is part one of a two-part series. See part two here.

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Lady Santa Claus is not complete without her necklace of Christmas lights.


This Santa points to the sky, where he will soon take his sleigh and reindeer.


Pure SantaCon joy.


There are never enough Santas during SantaCon.


Mischievous Santa.


Style is an art, and this Santa is truly an artist.


When in doubt, matching onesies are always a great choice.

By Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper is a video producer for Salon. He's a creator infused with many passions and can be found on Instagram and Twitter.

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