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GRIDLOCK SAM: SantaCon will lead to ho-ho-holdups

December 7, 2018
Saturday is the day the Santa wannabes will hit the city for SantaCon. (Bruce Cotler / for New York Daily News)

Dec. 7-Dec. 9


Weekend Midtown alert! Madison Square Garden has five events (two more in the theater), heavy-drinking Santa impersonators will be barhopping nearby Saturday, and the Rockettes have 16 shows at Radio City.

Friday is a Gridlock Alert Day as holiday travel picks up and holiday hoopla draws many to the city. The afternoon rush hour will start out earlier, after 3 p.m. Traffic on Eighth to Park avenues will move slowly, especially between 30th and 59th streets. The Rockettes shows go all day and evening near Sixth Ave. and 50th St., starting at 11 a.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Expect many attendees to head to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree near Fifth Ave.

Many thousands in Santa costumes will begin gathering across from MSG on the 33rd St. plaza between Seventh and Eighth avenues until 11 a.m. Saturday before trekking to bars in Midtown, the East Village and Chelsea. The SantaCon revelry lasts into the night, so be warned.

Meanwhile, Seton Hall will play Kentucky at noon Saturday at Madison Square Garden, followed by a B-ball battle for bragging rights between the Knicks and Nets at 7 p.m. (with boxing at the adjacent Hulu Theater at 6 p.m.) Friday, Cardi B and Shawn Mendes headline Z100’s Jingle Ball at 7 p.m. (the theater hosts kickboxing at 6:45 p.m.). Sunday, it’s Iona at 11 a.m. and St. Johns 1 p.m. in a doubleheader, then the Knicks and Charlotte play at 7:30 p.m. Take one of the many subway or Long Island Rail Road lines to Penn Station if you’re going.

Barclays Center has the Nets vs. Toronto at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and a high school “Basketball Showcase” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.


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Gridlock Sam

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