SantaCon merrymakers hit midtown Manhattan for annual pub crawl

SantaCon merrymakers hit midtown Manhattan for annual pub crawl
People dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus take selfies in Times Square as they gather for the annual Santacon festivities in New York.

Waves of revellers dressed in Santa Claus outfits invaded Midtown Manhattan on Saturday as part of New York's version of SantaCon, a massive pub crawl that organizers scaled back this year in part to prevent conflicts with a nearby protest march.

The loosely organised event, which moves every year to a different neighborhood of the city, has become notorious for leading to public drunkness and rowdy behaviour by some of its participants.

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