There are many unique and festive events and sites taking place throughout the world in the month of December in honor of the Christmas season. One of the oddest and most spontaneous aspects of the holiday season are “SantaCons” which describe mass-gatherings of people who are dressed up like Santa Claus.
The advent of social media, especially Twitter and Facebook, has made it exceptionally easy for people to suddenly gather together—wearing Santa attire—and parade around public spaces like bars and town squares with the intention of having a good time and celebrating Christmas cheer.
SantaCons have taken place all over the world but the most famous annual SantaCon is in New York City. Every year hundreds of people dressed up as Santa start parading around New York City. They have been cited walking around Central Park, South Street Seaport and elsewhere.
The New York SantaCon has become so popular that the media has latched onto the event each year. Hence, the event has become affiliated with charitable causes. For example, in 2011 the SantaCon raised over $10,000 for “Toys for Tots” and over $6,000 for food banks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2012 those numbers were exceeded when over sixty venues participated in SantaCon and donated $45,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation as well as over 6,000 pounds of canned food to City Harvest!
Overall, SantaCons are spontaneous and quirky but they are also a credit to the Christmas season and help to raise awareness of good causes. For more information about SantaCons see the official website here: http://nycsantacon.com/