PHOTOS: Thousands Have Fun in the Sun at SantaCon 2017
Alice Halbert dressed up as Harley Quinn and Wendy Hershey at SantaCon 2017 at San Francisco's Union Square. Halbert has been going for years, but 2017 was Hershey's first time. (Ryan Levi/KQED)
Christmas is still weeks away, and the weather in San Francisco is beautiful. But that didn't stop thousands of people from converging on San Francisco's Union Square on Saturday dressed for the North Pole.
It's the annual SantaCon, where thousands show up dressed in their holiday best -- usually as Santa Claus or an elf. San Francisco's SantaCon combines a toy drive through the Marine Toys for Tots program and a pub crawl around the city. More than people 2,500 RSVP'd for the event on Facebook.
The sea of red outfits was a diverse mix of people of different ages, races, ethnicities and even religions.
"You're with a bunch of strangers, but you're also in a group," said Alice Halbert, who dressed as a Harley Quinn-inspired Santa.
SantaCons will be held in more than 150 cities across the world this year, according to its website, including 22 California cities.