The Boxing Day craze sees drunks in costume around town

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It was party time on Boxing Day (Image: Alamy Live News)

What do a Christmas fairy, a lobster and a traffic cone have in common?

They were all on the whip at Boxing Day in Wigan, that’s what.

The drinkers were out in full force last night for the city’s annual fancy dress party.

The tradition has been around for decades, and nobody knows exactly how it started – but everyone seems to love it.

A group of Mrs. Clauses, an alien and a pirate were photographed at the party scene on Monday.

Some revelers looked like they were having the time of their lives as they hit King Street and Wallgate.

Meanwhile, others who were spotted slumped on the sidewalks were all getting a bit too much.

Alamy Live News. 2M56TCT King Street, Wigan, 26 December 2022. - Revelers in various costumes have taken to the streets of Wigan on the eve of Boxing Day at the annual infamous event, which is open to all off-topic ideas. Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

A group of young women looked like they were having a great time in Wigan (Image: Alamy Live News.)

Alamy Live News. 2M56TCF King Street, Wigan, 26 December 2022. - Revelers in various costumes have taken to the streets of Wigan on the eve of Boxing Day at the annual infamous event, which is open to all off-topic ideas. Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

An unusual combination but we like it (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M56TCK King Street, Wigan, 26th December 2022. - Revelers in various costumes have taken to the streets of Wigan on the eve of Boxing Day at the annual infamous event, which is open to all off-topic ideas. Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

There was plenty of giggles on Monday (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M57GRC King Street, Wigan, 26 December 2022. - Revelers stumbled home and rested against buildings and on pavements after enjoying a bonza of a night at the annual Boxing Day fancy dress night in Wigan. A couple of traffic cones made sure a woman was okay as she sat on a curb, a man wearing a Freddie Mercury-style woman's dress was yelled at and pushed away by another woman outside Popworld. Several grabbed a snack to soak up the night before while waiting for cabs. The party-goers dressed up in hilarious outfits and headed out to the nightclub strip, King Street and Wallgate, where Mann is staying. This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

People rested by buildings and on sidewalks as it all became too much (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M574H3 King Street, Wigan, 26th December 2022. Revelers in a variety of costumes, from traffic cones to Beetlejuice to sexy Peaky Blinders, took to the streets of Wigan on the eve of Boxing Day at the annual infamous event that caters for all ideas without topic is open. Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

A group of boys were inspired by traffic cones (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M574HE King Street, Wigan, 26th December 2022. - Revelers in a variety of costumes, from traffic cones to Beetlejuice to sexy Peaky Blinders, get up on Boxing Day at the annual infamous event, which is open to all off-themed ideas come the streets of Wigan . Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

Fancy dress is an annual tradition in Wigan (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M57GRE King Street, Wigan, 27 December 2022. - Revelers stumbled home and rested against buildings and on pavements after enjoying a bonza of a night at the annual Boxing Day fancy dress night in Wigan. A couple of traffic cones made sure a woman was okay as she sat on a curb, a man wearing a Freddie Mercury-style woman's dress was yelled at and pushed away by another woman outside Popworld. Several grabbed a snack to soak up the night before while waiting for cabs. The party-goers dressed up in hilarious outfits and headed out to the nightclub strip, King Street and Wallgate, where Mann is staying. This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

Quick nap in front of home (Image: Alamy Live News.)

But Wigan wasn’t the only place in Britain to be swamped with partygoers last night.

Youngsters meet up with their buddies in Liverpool and Leeds for some post-Christmas drinks.

It comes as the big festive break continues for many people across the UK.

Today is a public holiday, which likely means everyone has more time to sit in their pajamas and eat leftovers.

We suspect there will be a few hangovers this morning as well.

Alamy Live News. 2M56YY7 King Street, Wigan, 26 December 2022. - Revelers in various costumes have taken to the streets of Wigan on the eve of Boxing Day at the annual infamous event, which is open to all off-topic ideas. Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby / Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

What’s Christmas without a hangover or two? (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M574H6 King Street, Wigan, 26 December 2022. - Revelers in a variety of costumes, from traffic cones to Beetlejuice to sexy Peaky Blinders, have taken to the streets of Wigan on Boxing Day night at the annual infamous event that is sure to spark all ideas without topic is open . Party-goers in hilarious outfits hit King Street and Wallgate, home to many nightclubs and bars. Greater Manchester Police observed the chaos. Credit: Ben Formby/Alamy Live News This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

Youngsters hit King Street and Wallgate (Image: Alamy Live News)

Alamy Live News. 2M57GRG King Street, Wigan, 27 December 2022. - Revelers stumbled home and rested against buildings and on pavements after enjoying a bonza of a night at the annual Boxing Day fancy dress night in Wigan. A couple of traffic cones made sure a woman was okay as she sat on a curb, a man wearing a Freddie Mercury-style woman's dress was yelled at and pushed away by another woman outside Popworld. Several grabbed a snack to soak up the night before while waiting for cabs. The party-goers dressed up in hilarious outfits and headed out to the nightclub strip, King Street and Wallgate, where Mann is staying. This is an image from Alamy Live News and may not be part of your current Alamy deal. If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to verify.

Revelers stumble home after a big night (Image: Alamy Live News)

Boxing Day revelers in Leeds 26/12/22

Leeds party-goers gave Wigan drinkers a run for their money (Image: NB Press Ltd)

Boxing Day revelers in Leeds 26/12/22

Two people chat outside a nightclub in Leeds (Image: NB Press Ltd)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 12/26/2022. Liverpool, UK. Revelers make the most of Boxing Day in Liverpool city centre. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP

Revelers make the most of Boxing Day in Liverpool city center (Image: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 12/26/2022. Liverpool, UK. Revelers make the most of Boxing Day at Sensation nightclub in Liverpool city centre. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP

Sensations nightclub in Liverpool looked lively (Image: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP)

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