Santa pub crawlers get in Christmas spirit

Reindeer, elves and Santa's helpers will join together for a not-so-silent night in raising Christmas spirit on Saturday.

The Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity is celebrating its 19th year with more than 16 venues involved. It is the longest-running event of its type in the world and is expected to attract more than 5000 participants.

The pub crawl began as a group of friends raising Christmas spirit; now it has been listed by Ninemsn as one of the "Top 10 Pub Crawls in the World".

"It's all about having fun at a safe event," organiser Neil Webster said.

"We're hoping to get people into the Christmas spirit and get enjoyment out of the day, as well as raise some money for charity."

Money raised from ticket sales, lucky door prizes and donations will go to the Salvation Army "Schools Breakfast Program" which provides breakfast for underprivileged children at schools. The 2011 Santa Claus Pub Crawl raised more than $45,000 for charity.

This year, event venues will donate a percentage of their entry fees and drink sales to the Salvation Army.

One venue has already donated $5000.

The event will begin at 5pm on Saturday at the North Wollongong Hotel. The AfterDark Party Bus will transport participants to and from various venues from 7pm onwards.

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