Santa Pub Crawl gets Park City locals into the spirit of the season
Main Street will be filled with jovial Santa Clauses and an array of Mrs. Clauses, walking Christmas trees, happy reindeer and other winter-themed partiers when the 2013 Santa Pub Crawl hits Park City.
Crawlers, who will meet at Butchers Chop House and Bar on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., will visit four additional bars, participate in a costume contest and hear a local band called The Detonators, said organizer Hilary Reiter.
"We will allow about an hour at each bar so no one feels rushed and people have ample time to get a drink or two before we move on," Reiter told The Park Record.
The bar stops and times are:
"The reason we start at Butchers is to give people an opportunity to eat, if they so desire, because it usually comes in handy to have a full stomach on a pub crawl," Reiter said with a laugh.
"The costume contest will be held at Cisero’s," she said. "Last year was the first year we did a costume contest and we welcome anything that is holiday inspired. We saw everything from Hanukah themes to Christmas themes to snow themes.
"We had a giant Christmas tree and toy soldier and a bunch of Santa’s helpers," Reiter said. "This year, there will probably be a herd of reindeer and some Santa and Mrs. Clauses on site."
Awards will be given to Best All Around Santa, Sexiest Costume, Best Non-Santa Costume and Best Group or Couple Costumes.
"We’re collecting prizes from various businesses in town who have been very supportive of us," Reiter said. "This is a great way to get their name to a big group of locals. We’re going to put them in big prize bags."
The crawl will end at The Spur to hear the Detonators and anyone in costume will not have to pay a cover charge, Reiter said.
"We change the locations up from year to year, and some have been more welcoming than others," she said with a smile. "Also, the capacity of each bar needs to be considered. Since the pub crawl has grown so much, we have to find places that can accommodate all these thirsty crawlers."
The Santa Pub Crawl originally started in Salt Lake City.
"A couple of people tried it several years back, but they really didn’t get much traction," Reiter said. "So they handed it off to a friend of mine and we just took the ball and ran with it."
This year marks the fourth season for the Park City Crawl, and it has grown.
"Every year we have seen the number of crawlers increase, which is great," Reiter said. "We have also seen it include a unique cross-section of ages and walks of life.
"We are even getting people coming up from Salt Lake and all over Park City and the ages range from 21 to 70," she said. "We had about 100 people last year, which was by far our biggest turnout, and if we follow the same pattern that we have had over the years, this year will be even bigger."
Participating in the Santa Pub Crawl is free.
"We do leave it up to them to pay for any drinks or food they order along the way," Reiter said.
While the starting point is Butchers, anyone can join the crawl at any of the stops.
"We’ve had people who start with us and have to leave early, and some who start late and stay with us until the end," Reiter said. "So, it’s pretty open that way."
The Santa Pub Crawl is an enjoyable way to get locals together before the drinking establishments get overrun during the holidays, she said.
"It’s also a fun way to meet others and I think it’s a blast to see the expressions of people who see us walk into the bars or up Main Street who may not be aware of the pub crawl," Reiter said.
The 2013 Santa Pub Crawl will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. Participants must be at least 21 or older. For more information about the 2013 Santa Pub Crawl, visit http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com.
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