The 8th Annual Santa Pub Crawl, benefitting the local chapter of Toys for Tots, will take place in the Oregon District on Saturday, December 14th beginning with a pre-party at Fifth Street Brewpub.
This is the eighth year for this event where Santa Pub Crawl participants don their most festive holiday attire, anything from complete Santa Clause gear to elf ears and reindeer antlers and everything in between. To participate, attendees need to dress in festive holiday gear, which gets them into each participating bar for free and take advantage of drink specials. They must also bring one new unwrapped $10 toy as a donation to Toys for Tots. More than half a dozen Marines will be on hand to accept donations. In lieu of a toy, attendees may also make a $10 donation to Toys for Tots.
Festivities during the Santa Pub Crawl include a pre-party starting at 4:30 at Fifth Street Brewpub, seven additional participating bars offering drink specials to those dressed in holiday attire, a costume contest with prizes for first, second, and third place male and female, and best group. Prizes this year include mini fridges, large coolers, corn hole game, gift certificates to local restaurants and bars, and cash. Participants may also have their pictures taken with the Marines during the event.
Last year, the Santa Pub Crawl collected more than 600 toys along with $1,000 in cash donations, which was distributed by the Marines to local children in need. This event allows thecommunity to come together and ensure that children right here in the Miami Valley have something under the tree on Christmas Day. Santa Pub Crawl Chairperson, Brian Young, stated, “While last year was big, we anticipate over 1,000 people to participate in the event this year, double last year, and that translates to a lot of toys and cash donations for kids in our community. Because of the generous support of our sponsors, Budweiser, Buckeye Vodka, Folio Designhaus, and Monster Energy Drink, we have a much larger prize pool for the costume contest, which will be held at Blind Bob’s, and the extra advertising allows us to get the word out to that many more people.”
The route for the Santa Pub Crawl is as follows:
Dublin Pub – 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Trolley Stop – 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Tumbleweed – 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Blind Bob’s – 10:00 – 11:00 pm (costume contest)
Oregon Express – 11:00 – 12:00 am
Ned Peppers – 12:00 – 1:00 am
Newcom’s – 1:00 am – close
Toys can be collected wherever the Marines are posted, and also dropped off at Fifth Street Brewpub. Participants may join the pub crawl at any point in the night. Crown Plaza, located at 33 E. Fifth Street will have discounted rooms while they last for participants. Please call 937-224-0800 and ask for “Toys for Tots Santa Pub Crawl Rate” of $82.00. Be responsible: Don’t drink and drive.
For more information on the Santa Pub Crawl, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DaytonSantaPubCrawl
Photo’s by Peter Wine