Dueling Drunks: SantaCon and Unsilent Night Same-Day Invasion This Saturday

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 at 5:19 am by

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Poster by the LES Dwellers

​It’s a perfect storm of unwanted holiday cheer this year, with two notorious “crawls” simultaneously invading downtown. SantaCon is not the only rodeo this Saturday (December 12); it will share the spotlight with Unsilent Night.

The annual Unsilent Night – entering its 24th year in existence – is the brainchild of minimalist composer Phil Kline and sets up shop in thirty cities across the country. Kline’s company announced that it’ll be running alongside SantaCon on December 12, with a route marked from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. As before, participants are encouraged to grab a boombox and play a preloaded 45-minute track on the trek. Described as a cacophony roaming through the streets, its confluence with Santa’s drunken minions could spell quality-of-life disaster for Villagers (east and west).

Fair warning.

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SantaCon, December 2011

SantaCon is again set to kick off in Brooklyn this year, despite the vehement opposition from Bushwick last time around. It remains unclear exactly where in Brooklyn, though. The party will then move to the East Village. Meanwhile, it’s our understanding that several neighborhood organizations are still emailing the anonymous SantaCon hotline to request a removal of East Village/Lower East Side from the official route. Regardless, those efforts will be futile. People will probably still trot through the neighborhood in costume, no matter the final route chosen.

To that end, organizers published a video last week essentially warning holiday revelers to behave themselves. It’s a defensive action likely a result of increased opposition to SantaCon NYC in recent years. Santa’s code, as it’s called, includes the following: respecting the city, leaving no trace, respecting the NYPD, not binge drinking, and not lingering when the call comes to switch bars.

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