A Christmas Dream or Your Worst Nightmare: Cincinnati SantaCon Returns This December

For 12 hours, possibly thousands of drunk Santas will be roaming the streets of Cincinnati bringing joy and/or causing a ruckus.

click to enlarge Cincinnati SantaCon 2019 - Photo: Megan Waddel
Photo: Megan Waddel
Cincinnati SantaCon 2019

The annual hibernal holiday pub crawl known as Cincinnati SantaCon is making its return on Dec. 11.

This 14th annual celebration of getting drunk on peppermint-flavored shots will be making stops at over 50 venues throughout the city.

Santa's sleigh will be making its way through The Banks, the Central Business District, Over-the-Rhine, Mount Adams and across the river into Covington and Newport on the Levee.

The day before the event kicks off, participating venues and specials will be announced, so get a good night’s sleep and charge your phone before heading out.

For 12 hours, from noon to midnight, SantaCon says up to 10,000 Santas will be roaming the streets of Cincinnati bringing joy and/or causing a ruckus — although organizers have written on the event’s website that Santas must not mess with kids, police or security and they say “be respectful of the suit and each other.”

Don’t forget to prepare yourself by brushing up on the classic Christmas carols that organizers say will be sung throughout the day. Find the lyric sheet here.

Tickets cost $10 and registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Day-of registration is available for $15.

Wristbands can be picked up at the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, Rosedale OTR, Mac's Pizza Pub and Moerlein Lager House.

For tickets and more information visit cincinnatisantacon.com.

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