Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animals: Cincinnati SantaCon is Expanding into Northside, Mount Adams and Covington

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Ho, ho ho. The annual hibernal holiday pub crawl (or horror show, depending on whether or not you appreciate 10,000 drunk Santas on the streets) known as Cincinnati SantaCon is back Dec. 14 — and it's bigger than ever.

Last year, those dressed like Santa and other Christmasy characters met at the "North Pole" and embarked on a costumed group pub crawl around downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. This year, drinking destinations in Northside, Covington and Mount Adams have joined in the fray. (Note: Other years have also included stops in Mount Adams, just not last year.) More than 50 venues across the area are participating. Venue updates will be posted at facebook.com/CincinnatiSantacon.

Registration for the event is $15 and gets you a SantaCon wristband, an official itinerary with official bar stops, access to food and drink deals and entry into a raffle. It also includes a donation to benefit The Cure Starts Now.

If you feel like you're ready to don a red suit and imbibe a night’s worth of milk and cookies (aka alcohol) surrounded by up to 10,000 Santas, check out a tip sheet online for how to be your best Santa with a lyric sheet of songs the group will be singing.

Remember, this is about the holiday spirit, so don’t drink and drive and don’t be a dick and mess with cops, kids, security or other Santas.

Noon-midnight Saturday, Dec. 14. $15. Pick up your wristband at JACK Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton; other neighborhood pick-up destinations TBD. cincinnatisantacon.com

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