The holiday season is a time of family obligations, high-stress travel, and massive credit-card bills. Thankfully, each December the Lowertown SantaCon comes to town to help folks blow off a little steam. Now in its seventh year, the St. Paul party has just the right amount of entertainment, crowds, and good cheer. For those who choose to partake in this free bar hop, there is plenty of entertainment (live bands serenade revelers), spectacle (costumes are encouraged), and booze (hosting bars have included Black Dog, Barrio, and Señor Wong). Watch out for Krampus, an evil beast who roams the gathering in search of naughty children (and Jager shots). The 2014 crawl is scheduled for December 20. During the event, you can stay up to date on shenanigans by following SantaCon's Twitter, @santacon55101.