The route has been set, the haters have been heard, the drinks are being poured, and upon Brooklyn cometh a merry herd: SantaCon 2015 has begun, and there's no turning back now.

SantaCon historically kicks off around noon (because this sacred tradition has been going on long enough to have set certain precedents), but eager revelers want to really make the most of the seasonally-warm day by getting their public stumbling underway ASAP.

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Stumbling to ecstasy (Nell Casey)

As one of the founders of the merry event put it, SantaCon is brings with it important messages regarding anti-consumerism, creativity, jolly gay apparel. "Some of the core messages of the holidays, as opposed to what it’s been transformed into." And getting fucking wasted at 9 a.m. in our pajamas bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are child sacrifices part of those traditions?

This is what everyone hopes to see first thing in the morning:

Do you really think it was a coincidence that the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse was released yesterday? Read between the lines, sheeple.

The NYPD, who are really into the whole naughty/nice dichotomy, have fully embraced the spirit of today's festivities in the most embarrassing way.

Anyway, send all your photos and videos of the merry mayhem to tips@gothamist.com. Just like last year, we'll update this post as the day goes along, so make sure to follow along for all the vital Santa vomit content you've come to expect.

Update 11 a.m.: This is definitely the first year it's been warm enough that some Santas can go shirtless, which definitely adds a new layer of creepiness to their already creepy shenanigans.

Update 11:45 a.m.: It's not even noon and we've already reached the bargaining stage of the day.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. I have seen the old traditions burned down and new ones rise in their stead. And all those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain.

The new old-fashioned waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy

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Update 12:30 p.m.: Beware the hordes.

Beware the really loud motorcycle Santas.

Beware the timelapses.

Beware hard truths.

Beware beware beware beware beware beware.

Current status

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Update 12:40 p.m.: A full moon was spotted over Williamsburg in the middle of the day.

don't fucking go to Williamsburg today #santacon #santaconnyc #killme #killmenow #nyc

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Update 2:00 p.m.: In case you missed it, SantaCon kicked off this morning with an organizer in a Rudolph face mask taking a megaphone and asking those gathered to "stop and take a 10 second moment of silence for the sake of oppressed people all over the world."

Update 2:20 p.m.: The infection, I mean, the Santas have spread to the Lower East Side earlier than expected.

They're out here #santacon #LowerEastSide #lesnyc #downtown #manhattan #nyc

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Update 2:40 p.m.: Meanwhile, at Villain in Williamsburg, 2 p.m. looks a lot like 2 a.m.


Dancing Santasby Gothamist

Don't even ask about the subways...

Update 3:15 p.m.: SERIOUSLY, don't take the subway today if you don't have to (unless you like obnoxiously loud people shouting carols in your ear). Don't say we didn't warn you:


SantaCon Subway Rideby Gothamist

Based on various reports from the field, things seem much more crowded in Manhattan than Brooklyn right now. Not to say everything is totally normal there either...

Update 4:00 p.m.:: My colleagues, who are spread out across lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, are numb. I am numb. It isn't evening yet, but we are already broken.

And the Santas continue to howl against the dying of the light in shrill tones.

This is how we fucking do #Santacon !!!! #santapalooza #SantaconNYC #nyc #raindeers

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Maybe ridiculously long lines for ridiculously underwhelming bars are good. Maybe 65 degree days in December is the future. Maybe Santa Claus really does wear a sombrero.

Update 5:15 p.m.: R.I.P. lower Manhattan.