In Events - General by Clyde Mooney

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Around 10,000 revellers paraded the streets of Wollongong wearing festive costumes over the weekend, for the 25th instalment of the world-famous Santa Pub Crawl.

The concept began in Wollongong in 1993, when a group of friends decided to dress up and spread some Christmas cheer around the city’s licensed venues.

It has grown and gone on to become recognised as one of the long-running Santa-themed pub crawls in the world.

This year 22 venues participated, with the sale of tickets ($40) and all donations going to chosen charities. Last year raised almost $130,000 for disadvantaged children.

The only requirement of attendees is that they wear “something festive” – spawning a litany of elves, reindeer, and of course, sexy Santa’s helpers.

In 2019 the party will grow to become SantaFest – a three-day festival for all ages, with a number of alcohol-free events.

Venues involved:

Adina Apartments, Balgownie Hotel, Brewhouse @ Illawarra Brewing Co, Bullpen Sports Diner, Charles Hotel, Coniston Hotel, Dicey Rileys Hotel, Fever, Figtree Hotel, Furphy Bar @ WIN Stadium, HeyDay, Humber, Hotel Illawarra, North Wollongong Hotel, Pepe’s On The Beach, Marketview Hotel, Mantra Wollongong, Novotel Wollongong, Pioneer Sands Quality Suites, Red Square, Ron De Vu, Sage Wollongong, Towradgi Beach Hotel

Image: Tiffy Forrest, Instagram