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During the SantaCon pub crawl, Santas disembark Metro rail's Gold Line and converge on Los Angeles' Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

SantaCon revelers set off a confetti bomb in Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A statue of Bruce Lee becomes the center of attention for SantaCon participants during a stop in Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Santas rest at Chinatown's Central Plaza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Santas gather outside the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Ben Adlin, dressed as a gingerbread man from the "Shrek" movies, waits for a Gold Line train with the other SantaCon revelers in Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A Santa hangs out with Ben Adlin, who dressed as a gingerbread man, at the Chinatown rail station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Santas are shuttled from the Chinatown Metro station to a festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Micah Goldstein, a.k.a. Super Prancer, takes a smoke break at Central Plaza in Chinatown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

At the El Mercadito Mariachi restaurant in Boyle Heights, Santas embrace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

"Joey Claus" blows bubbles during the SantaCon pub crawl.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Santa Jim hops into the back of a convertible in Chinatown and is carted away.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. December 16, 2013, 5:51 am

    Had an amazing time as always.

    By: santa

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