This past Saturday was Santacon in NYC! I love Christmas and how much NYC embraces it. Santacon sometimes gets a bad rep but honestly I think providing people follow the guidelines / organisers tips then it’s a really fun time.
Waking up on Saturday and seeing the snow falling down couldn’t have happened on a better day. Sure it meant we’d all be freezing but the atmosphere was set and everyone was super jolly. Walking past fellow Santa’s and saying ‘Hello Mr. Claus’, ‘Lovely morning isn’t it Mrs. Claus?’ is one of the most ridiculous things to happen in NYC. Everyone seemed to just forget about their city alter-egos and become super down to earth and chill.
We followed the official tweets for the whereabouts and the first stop was the East Village. The bars were packed full of red and white but everyone was really talkative and celebratory.
It then led us into Brooklyn and even the subways were full of Santa’s roaming around singing Christmas carols and getting everyone in the train in the spirit.
The final stop was this huge warehouse deep in Brooklyn. For a $10 charity donation you got access and the inside was epic. They had live music on one side and then a DJ dance-area on the other. There were multiple food trucks including vegan food, empanadas and smoothies (as well as plenty of beer and cider). Getting to grind up against a gingerbread man and a yeti was definitely a highlight. They also had mini free entertainment skits including the Lady Circus who did aerial tricks which was a surprise. The whole day was really fun and although I can see the stress it causes, if people follow the guidelines and go to the destinations rather than wander the streets, I don’t think it’s that bad at all. Ho ho ho!