Ho, ho, no! SantaCon stuffs Portland's stockings

Ho, ho, no! SantaCon stuffs Portland's stockings »Play Video
Santa Claus came to town -- en masse -- Saturday for Santa Con 2008. (Photograph by Cali Bagby)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer spread a sort of Christmas cheer at SantaCon 2008, a pub crawl through Portland, where participants dress as Santas and drink deep of the Christmas spirits.

Photojournalists Cali Bagby and Dan Morrison from Eugene tagged along. Click on the video icon to watch their report.

"If you hang with us, you will follow an interesting pub crawl through Portland," said "Mrs. Santa," taking part in her fourth SantaCon.

Some participants focused on drinking in the atmosphere. Others just focused on drinking.

"We're going to get drunk and arrested," a Santa said. "I wound up in detox last year, one of three Santas."

"We got to bring joy to all the rest of the people in this country because we're in a recession," another Santa said.

"The reason I'm doing it because what better way to celebrate Christmas than with a whole bunch of Santas," said a woman with green hair.

Photographs by Cali Bagby