Santas fill streets of Hoboken for SantaCon

HOBOKEN, New Jersey — Hoboken’s annual SantaCon brought hundreds of people to bars around the waterfront city on Saturday.

Hoboken Police were out in full force, along with additional help from Union City Police, to ensure the city didn’t see a repeat of SantaCon 2017.

Last year, police made 17 arrests.

Thirty restaurants and bars participated in SantaCon in 2017, but that number dropped to ten this year, according to Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Bhalla took to Twitter Saturday, posting flyers from establishments advertised they were not participating in SantaCon, and asking people to patronize those businesses.

On Sunday, Chief Ken Ferrante tweeted an update on the number of arrests and stats of this year's event.

There were 14 arrests made, which was down from 17 last year. Police also issued 33 city ordinance summonses for drinking and urinating in public, down from 52 last year.

Police issued 46 tickets for moving violations, which was up form 32 last year. One sexual offense was reported, which resulted in an arrest.

Four officers also needed medical treatment while on duty, but returned to work to complete their shifts.

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