Brooklyn business owners looking to cash in on SantaCon

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BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Each year thousands of people dress up like Santa and replace the holiday spirit with actual spirits.

It get’s so crazy that this year the NYPD passed out letters to midtown bars warning them not to serve anyone dressed in holiday costumes during the event.

Since the announcement, SantaCon organizers have worked with police and politicians to try to bring a more civilized SantaCon for 2013.

Brooklyn and Queens have decided to be nice and open their blocks to the annual pub crawl.

“If Manhattan doesn’t like bar crawl Santa Clause then Bay Ridge will welcome them,” said Bob Regevik.

Thomas O’Brien is a regular at Killarney’s and says he welcomes the Santas to Brooklyn.

“I think anything that is pleasant should be taken advantage of,” said O’Brien .

The Brooklyn bars are hoping to cut down on the eggnog overload by emphasizing the charity associated with the event and collecting Toys for Tots.

“It’s a beautiful idea to help the Toys for Tots and also it helps the pub owners,” said Steve Maguire. “It brings business to the area and these pubs all need it and we all need the help here for the holiday.”

Some Manhattan bar owners say in the past SantaCon has doubled their weekly revenue. So people in Brooklyn are hoping the red-suits will bring plenty of green to the neighborhood.

The original SantaCon event will still take place on the Lower East Side and North Brooklyn December 14th. Bay Ridge SantaCon will be December 21st.

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