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‘Santacon’ occupies Union Square!

On Saturday (10th December) thousands of Santa Claus’s and their helpers emerged from their dens in the five boroughs and streamed to their gathering places in the City. I took the Lexington Avenue subway to follow the groups that were heading for Union Square. The square is normally occupied with its outdoor market at the weekends, but there was no conflict–Santas eat fresh fruit too!

I arrived as the happy Santas occupied the ‘Heartland Brewery’ on the north side of the square. There was no room for me, but I took a peep through the window and the whole Brewery was filled from floor to ceiling with gesticulating white beards above bright red coats which varied in volume from tent size all the way down to very shapely:

Brewery first stop

Cramming them in

Off to the next gathering place

Tempting!

Not the best of role models

This little Santa was overwhelmed by the festivites

Jam and soup vendor. Not a Santa

This silver statue of an intellectual shopper overlooked all

Much of the Square was concerned only with its own business

Searching for lost Santas

Here he is!

Finally! A chance to rest our aching feet

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