Thousands of revellers as Father Christmas through streets of London and New York

Thousands of festive party-goers took to the streets of London and New York today dressed in Santa costumes to spread Christmas cheer. 

The annual Santacon pub crawl describes itself as ‘a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical Christmas parade’ where people are encouraged to dress in festive outfits for charity. 

Revellers, dressed head-to-toe in red and white, flooded the streets joined by elves, snowmen and merry Christmas puddings.  

And as well as a Santa outfit, including more than just a hat, participants are asked to download carol sheets to spread their Christmas cheer for all to hear. 

The parade that originated in San Francisco invites people to ‘join the naughty list’ and down drinks in bars and open spaces.

But people are warned to not be ‘that’ Santa and advised to not ‘let your Christmas cheer become another’s grief’ after a few too many. 

In London Santas were spotted scaling the Duke of Wellington statue overlooking Bank station while party-goers in the Big Apple flooded Times Square.  

Bad Santa! One man is seen scaling the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington overlooking Bank Station in London

Bad Santa! One man is seen scaling the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington overlooking Bank Station in London

Bad Santa! One man is seen scaling the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington overlooking Bank Station in London 

A woman dresses in knee-high boots and a Santa hat in London after a day of drinking and being merry

A woman dresses in knee-high boots and a Santa hat in London after a day of drinking and being merry

A naughty Santa decides to climb on the statue outside the Royal Exchange in London and gets a helping hand from a fellow Santa

A naughty Santa decides to climb on the statue outside the Royal Exchange in London and gets a helping hand from a fellow Santa

A woman dresses in knee-high boots and a Santa hat in London after a day of drinking and being merry (left). A naughty Santa decides to climb on the statue outside the Royal Exchange in London and gets a helping hand from a fellow Santa (right) 

Revellers dressed as Mr and Mrs Claus were seen travelling around London for the annual SantaCon pub crawl which originated in San Francisco

Revellers dressed as Mr and Mrs Claus were seen travelling around London for the annual SantaCon pub crawl which originated in San Francisco

Revellers dressed as Mr and Mrs Claus were seen travelling around London for the annual SantaCon pub crawl which originated in San Francisco 

A very merry pudding: One party-goer dressed as a Christmas pudding drinks on the go

A very merry pudding: One party-goer dressed as a Christmas pudding drinks on the go

A pair of Santas take a selfie on their route around London

A pair of Santas take a selfie on their route around London

A very merry pudding: One party-goer dressed as a Christmas pudding drinks on the go (left). A pair of Santas take a selfie on their route around London (right)  

Cheers! A group of Santas pose for a photograph in London as they braved the cold for the annual festivities on both sides of the Atlantic

Cheers! A group of Santas pose for a photograph in London as they braved the cold for the annual festivities on both sides of the Atlantic

Cheers! A group of Santas pose for a photograph in London as they braved the cold for the annual festivities on both sides of the Atlantic 

One man is seen on the statue near Bank Station in London

One man is seen on the statue near Bank Station in London

A woman takes a picture of other Christmas revellers

A woman takes a picture of other Christmas revellers

One man is seen on the statue near Bank Station in London (left). A woman takes a picture of other Christmas revellers (right) 

Hundreds of Santas flood the streets of London to spread their Christmas cheer for the annual day in December which raises money for charity

Hundreds of Santas flood the streets of London to spread their Christmas cheer for the annual day in December which raises money for charity

Hundreds of Santas flood the streets of London to spread their Christmas cheer for the annual day in December which raises money for charity 

One man wears an inflated Santa suit for the pub crawl

One man wears an inflated Santa suit for the pub crawl

A woman is captured with a drink in hand as she soaks up the festive cheer

A woman is captured with a drink in hand as she soaks up the festive cheer

One man wears an inflated Santa suit for the pub crawl (left). A woman is captured with a drink in hand as she soaks up the festive cheer (right) 

Times Sqaure in New York is flooded with red and white as many descend on the city for the annual event on the cold December day

Times Sqaure in New York is flooded with red and white as many descend on the city for the annual event on the cold December day

Times Sqaure in New York is flooded with red and white as many descend on the city for the annual event on the cold December day 

One woman enjoys a break from the walking as she is seen smiling among her fellow Santas in New York and even wears sunglasses for the occasion

One woman enjoys a break from the walking as she is seen smiling among her fellow Santas in New York and even wears sunglasses for the occasion

One woman enjoys a break from the walking as she is seen smiling among her fellow Santas in New York and even wears sunglasses for the occasion 

An elf, reindeer and Mrs Claus pose for a selfie for Santacon NY as they are joined by hundreds of others who join together to spread the spirit of Christmas

An elf, reindeer and Mrs Claus pose for a selfie for Santacon NY as they are joined by hundreds of others who join together to spread the spirit of Christmas

An elf, reindeer and Mrs Claus pose for a selfie for Santacon NY as they are joined by hundreds of others who join together to spread the spirit of Christmas

Santas and elves stop traffic in New York as they flooded the streets with their festive costumes and were still smiling despite the cold

Santas and elves stop traffic in New York as they flooded the streets with their festive costumes and were still smiling despite the cold

Santas and elves stop traffic in New York as they flooded the streets with their festive costumes and were still smiling despite the cold 

Times Sqaure is packed full of people in red and white costumes and there is also an inflatable Santacon Santa as they dance and sing all day

Times Sqaure is packed full of people in red and white costumes and there is also an inflatable Santacon Santa as they dance and sing all day

Times Sqaure is packed full of people in red and white costumes and there is also an inflatable Santacon Santa as they dance and sing all day 

Revellers gather for the start of the Annual SantaCon Bar Crawl at Father Duffy Square, a section of Times Square

Revellers gather for the start of the Annual SantaCon Bar Crawl at Father Duffy Square, a section of Times Square

Revellers gather for the start of the Annual SantaCon Bar Crawl at Father Duffy Square, a section of Times Square

SantaCon revellers drink inside Slattery's Midtown Pub in Midtown Manhattan in New York City

SantaCon revellers drink inside Slattery's Midtown Pub in Midtown Manhattan in New York City

SantaCon revellers drink inside Slattery’s Midtown Pub in Midtown Manhattan in New York City

Merry and bright! Some revellers decide to decorate their facial hair with baubles and glitter as they take to the streets of New York

Merry and bright! Some revellers decide to decorate their facial hair with baubles and glitter as they take to the streets of New York

Merry and bright! Some revellers decide to decorate their facial hair with baubles and glitter as they take to the streets of New York 

Bah Humbug! An attendee dresses as The Grinch in a furry green outfit with a mask on to join hundreds of others in Times Square

Bah Humbug! An attendee dresses as The Grinch in a furry green outfit with a mask on to join hundreds of others in Times Square

Bah Humbug! An attendee dresses as The Grinch in a furry green outfit with a mask on to join hundreds of others in Times Square

One woman in a festive green jumper crowd surfs through Times Square as fellow santas put their hands up to stop her falling

One woman in a festive green jumper crowd surfs through Times Square as fellow santas put their hands up to stop her falling

One woman in a festive green jumper crowd surfs through Times Square as fellow santas put their hands up to stop her falling 

On the run: Runners make their way down Newbury Street during the 20th Annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston, Massachusetts

On the run: Runners make their way down Newbury Street during the 20th Annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston, Massachusetts

On the run: Runners make their way down Newbury Street during the 20th Annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston, Massachusetts

Cheeky: Participants take part in the 20th annual Santa Speedo Run through the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts

Cheeky: Participants take part in the 20th annual Santa Speedo Run through the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts

Cheeky: Participants take part in the 20th annual Santa Speedo Run through the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts

 

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