For those who don't know what it is, SantaCon is a "non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason." Translation: it's a bar crawl (they say it's not a bar crawl, but in the purest sense, it is) that raises money for charity.
I tipped well, I paced myself, I ate food occasionally... and I had a great time. I made new friends, caught up with some old friends, and didn't come in contact with any drunk assholes.What I did see was friendly Santas giving out candy canes and chocolates, taking photos with friends and strangers, having fun and being friendly. And regardless of whether or not you consider SantaCon to be a charity event... they did raise a shit load of money for charity.
I followed the "Santa Code" (the four Fs: Don't fuck with kids. Don't fuck with cops. Don't fuck with bar staff. Don't fuck with NYC.) and everyone else I saw did as well.
SantaCon could be better organized. I was annoyed when the website told us to pick up our badges at 9:30am at Webster Hall only to made to wait outside in the snow until 10:00am. (All for a badge that literally got you nothing lol.) The SantaCon mobile app was completely useless. And there's really no DJ that would make me want to go to Brooklyn. But overall it was fun.
I won't pretend that there aren't jerks who give SantaCon a bad name... but there are bouncers and cops to counter that. Any bar should feel free to have an Anti-Claus clause for the day, but you'd think they'd appreciate the extra money. (I certainly don't know any bar that does that kind of business on a Saturday afternoon so even with the percentage donated to charity, that's still a huge pull for one day.) Overall, the SantaCon I experienced was really fun and not at all what all the anti-Santas claimed it would be. So, hate on SantaCon all you want... but the majority of the Santas I saw were awesome.