SantaFest Pub Crawl for Charity – Sat 9th December

Formerly known as the ‘Santa Claus Pub Crawl’ – SantaFest Pub Crawl is an annual event that raises funds for Charity through admission ticket sales, donations and merchandise. The event is in its 30th anniversary year after a brief COVID absence. It was originally started by a small group of friends as a means of raising some Christmas spirit – and having some fun at the same time. This event is recognised as the longest continually run Santa Pub Crawl in the world. Between 6,000-8,000 are expected to attend in 2023.

“Back on Xmas Eve, 1997; I was attacked by 5 guys leaving a pub in Hurstville. They proceeded to beat the crap out of me - my jaw broken in 2 places, 3 cracked ribs, and a concussion - just because I wasn't going the same way down the street as them. Since that day I've vowed to not only bring some Christmas spirit back, but to also help change people’s attitudes towards socialising with alcohol at pubs – especially at Christmas time. The enjoyment, fun, laughter and friendships that everyone builds on, at the SCPC, are a testament to the fact that you can go out and not be a DICK! Plus we make a lot of kids lives better with the donations we raise!!!”
Neil Webster, Event Organiser

The only requirement is for participants to dress in something Xmassy – even just a hat will suffice. In previous years costumes have ranged from Santa’s, Xmas trees, presents, reindeer, angels, elves – Santa Elvis’s have made an appearance too.

Entry Costs – all funds donated to Charity

• Green wristband – sold online via our website – (sales managed through link), food & beverage discounts/entry discounts at participating venues, plus continuous entry on and off our shuttle buses throughout the evening.

• Red wristband – entry just to North Gong Hotel and use of shuttle bus – anyone wearing a red wristband would still need to pay any normal entry fee to pubs/clubs they wish to attend.

Ticket prices and release dates are as follows:

First Release: Green $25, Red $15 – Monday 2 October - Sun 5 Nov

Second Release: Green $30, Red $18 – Mon 6 November – Fri 8 December

Gate Day prices: Green $40, Red $20 – Sat 9 December

Fund Distribution

  • Salvation Army Illawarra – in particular the Jayne Wilson Foundation which manages the First Floor Program (counselling & support of alcohol & drug affected families)
  • Disabled Surfers Association – providing surf experiences for disability affected.
  • KidsWish/The Disability Trust – providing free group programs to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the Illawarra.
  • EscaBags – support for victims fleeing domestic and family abuse

SantaFest Pub Crawl – Itinerary Sat 9 December 2023

The SantaFest Pub Crawl for Charity has a basic route and schedule for everyone to follow. This is not a strict guideline though, and we encourage participants to stay at a pub if they are enjoying themselves or skip ahead to the next venue.

Participants can choose their preferred venues from the range below:

  • 12pm onwards:
  • North Wollongong Hotel
  • The Illawarra Hotel
  • Balgownie Hotel
  • Towradgi Beach Hotel
  • The Illawarra Brewery
  • The Charles Hotel
  • Pepe’s on the Beach
  • 4pm onwards:
  • Humber
  • The Icon
  • Red Square
  • Dicey Riley’s Hotel
  • Amari Bar
  • 9pm onwards:
  • The Frisky Flamingo @Novotel
  • HeyDay

The BigWheelz Party Buses will provide a shuttle service around all the involved venues – with 10 buses constantly circulating from 12pm-3am. Entry wristbands are required to hop-on the buses throughout the night.