Get out your Santa hat or your elf shoes: SantaCon is back for 2018.

The annual SantaCon event is headed back to Varick Street in Utica for 2018. This year, participants can dress like Santa or any of their favorite holiday characters - maybe Buddy the Elf? - and take advantage of the festivities and drink specials.

SantaCon 2018 in happening on Saturday, December 15th, starting at 12pm. Once you're decked out in your holiday finest, head over to the Celtic Harp (805 Varick Street) where you can register, and make your first stop of the Varick Street pub crawl. The "Santa Crawl" officially starts at 1pm.

A $5 donation gets you a beer at The Celtic Harp and drink specials from all the other participating bars. Donations benefit The House Of The Good Shepherd.

Will you be headed to SantaCon? Which holiday character would you dress as?