Monthly Archives: December 2010

Santa Totally Rocked NYC

Hearing the hum of a thousand Santas

Hearing the hum of a thousand Santas

I’ve been traveling around upstate New York, and in New York City for the past few weeks.  After a fantastic Thanksgiving with family, and a wonderful time staying with my sister Rachel in her amazing upper east side apartment in Manhattan.  I decided to travel back to NYC for Santa Con.

For years I have wanted to attend this gathering, a Santa Convention in NYC.  I have always been on the west coast when this meandering city party occurred, and being 2 weeks before Christmas it was impossible to get back and also be back for Christmas Day.

This was finally my year.  If I was going to be in the USA, and in New York State, I was sure as hell going to be in NYC for Santa Con!

Here it come.....wait for it.....

Here it come.....wait for it.....

Rachel and her roommate Jen were cool enough to let me crash for a few days.  I got a suit, pieced together an ensemble, and headed out into the city dressed in red felt accompanied by a sibling elf.

8000 Santas in Central Park!

8000 Santas in Central Park!

We met the cluster mass of red in the middle of central park.  We walked into a mayhem of fur and felt.

Santa is getting rowdy.

Santa is getting rowdy.

This isn’t really a bar crawl, or a scavenger hunt.  It is just Santa shifting around the city from one spot to the next, spreading Christmas cheer and rowdiness. We used Twitter, the Santa Con web site, and a phone number that we called to follow Santa’s Sleight from area to area in the city.

Santa Catches the 5 Train

Santa Catches the 5 Train

Santa then moved to the west village.  Imagine 8000 Santas on the 5 train.  I hope there were no young children around.

Santa Ryan, Santa Phil, Santa Timmy

Santa Ryan, Santa Phil, Santa Timmy

I met up with some old friends from Christmas past.

Angry Elf Rachel

Angry Elf Rachel

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh was the leading star.

Santa Has a Bright Future

Santa Has a Bright Future

Santa ended his quest at Big Black Pussy Cat, a great bar / club / venue in the west village.  If your ever in NYC I highly suggest you check this spot out!

HO! HO! HO!

I’m Home!

I’m Home!  Its been almost 20 months since I last stepped foot in upstate New York.  I am headed back 2 weeks ago. This is a long over due visit back to my family and friends.