What do you get when you take hundreds of amped up alpha males, dress them in full Santa Claus regalia, and then march them to every bar in the city? You get Santarchy, the sloppiest, rowdiest pub crawl of the holidays.. and it's coming to your town.
According to the hazy history of Santarchy archivists, the event started back in 1994 when The Suicide Club, a secret gang of miscreants known for climbing suspension bridges, throwing costume parties in cemeteries, and causing all kinds of general mischief, decided it would be fun to "induce a psychedelic reaction from the public" by dressing up as a few dozen crazed Santas and mobbing department stories. As it turns out, they all got really drunk, had a blast, and vowed to never do it again.
And then they did it again. And again. And again.
Today, Santarchy (also known as the happier-sounding Santacon) is a worldwide event drawing thousands of the least-family-friendly Santas into a black hole of drunken chaos. Most recently, the event has drawn criticism due to its official reminders that Santas shouldn't pee, poo, or puke in the street, scare children, harass cops, or rape people. Yes, for real. Some towns have even gone so far as to ban the event altogether.
Here's a few of the places that Santarchy will be wreaking havoc this weekend. Depending on how you feel about Santa-fueled chaos, you can take this list as a warning or an invitation.
Click the pins to get all the info you need to join the anarchy, or at least know where stay far away from: