NYC SantaCon 2020 canceled amid coronavirus pandemic


People dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus celebrate in Times Square as they gather for the annual Santacon festivities on December 13, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Whether you thought SantaCon was naughty or nice, New Yorkers can check the annual bar crawl off their list this year.

The organizers of SantaCon NYC have announced the event will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“2020: The year there was no SantaCon. Remain home and stay on the Good List! We are all in this together so to keep the spirit alive, we have to socially distance and wear a mask. Looking forward to 2021,” an announcement on the official website says.

The bar crawl and charity fundraiser has become a polarizing holiday tradition in New York City.

While thousands of Santas and elves flock to Manhattan for a day of revelry to celebrate the holiday season, many who live or work in the borough have long panned the alcohol-fueled behavior that would certainly put some participants on the naughty list, including brawls and arrests.

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