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Thousands of boozy Santas take to the streets of London in SantaCon pub crawl… and it’s not all mince pies and sherry

Very merry Santas of all shapes and sizes have been parading through London and spreading Christmas cheer

THOUSANDS of boozy Santas have taken to the streets of London for this year’s SantaCon.

The massive event, part parade, part pub crawl, sees revellers dress up as Father Christmas for a VERY merry parade with plenty of mulled wine.

Thousands of Santas march through Hoxton

Thousands of Santas march through Hoxton

These two beauties donned their best Mrs Claus costumes for the parade

These two beauties donned their best Mrs Claus costumes for the parade

Youngsters also joined in the fun

Youngsters also joined in the fun

Santas of all shapes and sizes have been partying across the city since 12pm, spreading Christmas cheer at locations including Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street Station, the Bank of England and Tottenham Court Road.

People dressed as elves, crackers, Christmas trees and even DOGS dressed up as Santa joined in the fun, which is expected to go on into the wee hours.

But be warned: if you bring Rudolph, “it’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary flight permissions from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.”

Santas get very merry in London for SantaCon parade

Organisers warn Santas to keep the streets of London litter-free, take regular bathroom breaks and not to “let Christmas cheer become another’s grief.”

Santas are warned not to throw brussel sprouts and to be sensible about alcohol – as “Babysitting Santa while they vomit in an alley just isn’t Christmas.”

Police are hoping the event won’t be a repeat performance of last night, when partygoers caused carnage across the country as they hit the pubs and clubs to celebrate the Christmas season.

Here are some of the best pics from today’s festivities.

This Santa has taken some extreme measures to stand out in the crowd

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This Santa has taken some extreme measures to stand out in the crowd

This Santa was caught relieving himself in Camden

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This Santa was caught relieving himself in Camden

One Santa points at a police van which is at the festivities

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One Santa points at a police van which is at the festivities

This Santa is DEFINITELY on the naughty list with a very cheeky costume

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This Santa is DEFINITELY on the naughty list with a very cheeky costume

That's not the way to the chimney, Santa...

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That’s not the way to the chimney, Santa…

Santas gather outside Euston station

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Santas brawl outside Euston station in a mock wrestling match

Mrs Claus to-be leads her hen party in the pub crawl

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Mrs Claus to-be leads her hen party in the pub crawl

Santas make their way through Camden as they stop off at pubs across the city

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Santas make their way through Camden as they stop off at pubs across the city

Three Santas just couldn't wait to the loo

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Three Santas just couldn’t wait to go the loo

Santas take on a tiny bike outside Euston station

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Santas take on a tiny bike outside Euston station

Santa warms up with a drink

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Santa warms up with a drink

 

Santa's getting very merry

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Santa’s getting very merry

This costume's a cracker...

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This costume’s a cracker…

Even dogs donned their best red and white outfits and joined in the fun

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Even dogs donned their best red and white outfits and joined in the fun

Forget a sleigh, this Santa's spreading Christmas cheer on a luggage trolley outside Euston station

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Forget a sleigh, this Santa’s spreading Christmas cheer on a luggage trolley outside Euston station

Santa cracks open the booze as thousands party in the street

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Santa cracks open the booze as thousands party in the street

Santas stop for a pint outside the pub

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Santas stop for a pint outside the pub

Revellers are continuing to party into the night

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Revellers are continuing to party into the night

A very glam Mrs Claus takes to the streets of London

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A very glam Mrs Claus takes to the streets of London

These Santas look like a couple of turkeys...

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These Santas look like a couple of turkeys…

These Santas are looking a bit worse for wear as they party at SantaCon

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These Santas are looking a bit worse for wear as they party at SantaCon

Two Santas stop for a rest on a postbox during SantaCon

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Two Santas stop for a rest on a postbox during SantaCon

Santa has a cheeky smoke from a e-cigarette

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Santa has a cheeky smoke from a e-cigarette

Santa appears to have mistaken his sleigh for a van

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Santa appears to have mistaken his sleigh for a van

It looks like this Santa has had a few too many mince pies

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It looks like this Santa has had a few too many mince pies

A group of Santas dance in the park for the annual SantaCon event

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A group of Santas dance in the park for the annual SantaCon event

People in Santa and reindeer costumes have a playful fight on top of each others' shoulders in a park

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People in Santa and reindeer costumes have a playful fight on top of each others’ shoulders in a park

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