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Naughty, not nice: How to party like it's Christmas!

Last updated on: December 15, 2017 12:48 IST

It's the season to be jolly. And SantaCon revellers across the world show us how it's done.

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People dressed as Santa Claus make the most of SantaCon in New York City.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

The annual bar crawl is now in its 19th year.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

SantaCon began in San Francisco in 1994, inspired by the Danish activist theatre group Solvognen 'who mobbed a Copenhagen Department store just before Christmas and handed out the goods as 'presents'.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

However, the SantaCon has always been non-political, 'purely surreal Santa prank events'.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

It has now reportedly spread across 397 cities in 52 countries.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

But the party in New York City -- which saw its first SantaCon in 1998 -- remains the largest.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

Not everyone is happy with the OTT revelry of the SantaCon.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

It has even been called Santarchy or the Red Menace.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

And residents have made many attempts to stop it.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

But without any success so far.
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

Revellers dressed in Santa costumes sit on a Trafalgar Square lion in London.
The Santacon organisers in the United Kingdom call it 'a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical Christmas parade.'
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SantaCon Santa Bar Crawl Christmas party

They add, 'There's no particular reason to dress up in Santa suits, run around, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps and decide who is naughty or nice. But it's a lot of fun so Santa does it anyway!'
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