PAINTING THE TOWN RED: The Santa pub crawl crowd at the Crown Hotel. Photo: Lynne Mowbray/The Daily Examiner
PAINTING THE TOWN RED: The Santa pub crawl crowd at the Crown Hotel. Photo: Lynne Mowbray/The Daily Examiner Lynne Mowbray

Suiting up for annual Santa pub crawl

WHAT started as a small Christmas pub crawl of a dozen mates has snowballed its way into an annual party of about 1200 people, and Grafton is bracing itself for a festive rocking again this year.

On December 21, the streets of the Jacaranda City will turn red, green and white as everyone and more dress in their most Christmassy attire and embark on a pub crawl from The Crown, Roches, The Clocktower and The Jacaranda Hotel, winding up at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

"About nine years ago we decided to have a catch-up with some friends that was Christmas themed," organiser Angus McKimm said.

"Then the next year we had about 80, then 120, now 1200 - and I don't know any of them!"

Mr McKimm said the annual pub crawl was a chance for locals and tourists to get together for a night of partying, all the while raising money for the St Vincent de Paul Foundation.

"We realised we could do something more with this so we decided to raise money for a charity," Mr McKimm said.

"We thought we'd be able to raise a couple hundred dollars, but last year we raised over $10,000, so we're talking serious money."

Everyone over the age of 18 is invited to join the crawl and if you're not dressed up, you're just not trying.

"In the sixth crawl, one of our mates dressed up as a Christmas tree complete with an electric lighting system which he plugged into each pub he went into," Mr McKimm said.

The crawl starts at 1pm at The Crown, but revellers are urged to spread themselves among the four pubs so there are minimal sardine-like experiences.

A courtesy bus will also be fired up to take party goers from The Jaca to the CRJC between 4-8pm. No entry after 8pm.

At the CRJC there will be bands and live entertainment to keep the party going well into the wee hours of the morning. Entry is just $10; all proceeds to St Vinnies.



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