(SFGATE) — A horde of jolly holiday revelers wearing red coats, white beards and jingle bells descended on San Francisco Saturday for SantaCon – a worldwide event known for being both naughty and nice.

Hundreds of Santas met by the Christmas tree in Union Square at noon before parading to other neighborhoods to spread holiday cheer inside retail stores or drink at bars that were willing to allow a crowd of rowdy Kris Kringles inside.

Jonathon Eros, a San Francisco native who has attended the event since the ’80s, brandished three whips with Christmas trees on them and wore a devil’s tail on his “Santan” costume. He said his favorite part is seeing people in creative outfits arrive, “before things start to get weird.”

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