NORTH POLARIZING: Love It Or Hate It, Hoboken SantaCon Returns on Saturday, December 15th

NORTH POLARIZING: Love It Or Hate It, Hoboken SantaCon Returns on Saturday, December 15th

Deck the halls with pearls for clutching…

Hoboken SantaCon is this Saturday, December 15. We’re telling you this now so that you know, because knowing is half the battle.

Year after year, this red, white and green mess descends upon our region—Manhattan holds SantaCon one week, then Hoboken gets sloppy seconds. Year after year, Hoboken residents spout their indignation for their children having to bear witness to the calamity. Year after year, it becomes a colossal clusterfunk, as Hoboken’s streets are clogged with overserved, underdressed inebriates, waiting in the cold to get into bars that are intensely scrutinized by Hoboken’s Finest.

Last year, that scrutiny resulted in 17 arrests, 51 City Ordinance summonses (public drinking, public urination, disorderly conduct), 32 moving violation summonses, 55 individuals transported to local hospitals, and 282 calls for service—all within a 16-hour period. None of the arrestees were from Hoboken—they all hailed from places like Middletown, Bloomfield, Hewitt, Linden, Hopatcong, and other towns on the NJ Transit lines that put Hoboken in the crosshairs for events such as this. As we continually point out here at hMAG, the city’s convenience and remarkable accessibility—which make it such a desirable place to live—leave it vulnerable to a concentrated influx of antisocial behavior from surrounding areas.

As a response to last year’s debauchery, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced the formation of a “task force” to address violence and quality of life issues resulting from intoxicated bar patrons.

“We can no longer ignore the fact that a small number of establishments are creating a big problem for everyone else in the form of violence, property damage, and financial cost,” said Bhalla. A number of bars saw the fallout from this event manifest itself in significant fines and even a bar closure.

Screenshot from a SantaCon violation. EDITOR’S NOTE: We thought the Hoboken Police Department was being a tad judgmental, until we realized “Moron” was actually the drunk woman’s name.

Nevertheless, SantaCon STILL returns to Hoboken this weekend.

(WARNING: Watch out for the ear-shattering shriek at 0:35…)

According to the “official” registration page, the event will take place at the following participating venues:

There’s also typically a knock-on effect for surrounding venues, as the participating bars become too crowded. All in all, the bars do make a lot of money on SantaCon. That said, a number of Hoboken bars historically refuse entry to anyone dressed in SantaCon garb.

For media outlets, it’s an annual click feast, as we all sort through the detritus and search for the saddest footage we can find. Social media usually delivers:

Rest assured, we’ll be monitoring Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante’s twitter feed


Authored by: hMAG