Santacon hits Manhattan amid efforts to control behavior

December 14, 2013 7:46:40 PM PST
Santa Claus came to town despite snow and widespread criticism of the costumed pub crawl known as SantaCon.

New York City's SantaCon started Saturday morning in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Thousands of red-suited revelers then spread out through the city's bars and snowy streets.

This year's SantaCon took place amid criticism that the event has become too rowdy.

Metro-North said it would ban alcohol on its trains from noon Saturday to noon Sunday as a precaution.

SantaCon participants were told to make charitable donations and encouraged to bring small gifts to bestow on one another and passers-by.