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The 2008 Santa Claus Pub Crawl

By johnboy - 15 December 2008 24

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 13:44]

A six bar crawl is not one for the ages. It’s a little light and you end up with too much drinking and not enough walking. This is exacerbated when the first bar (Wig and Pen) is at capacity before kickoff time and another (North) is booked out for a private function.

When your crawl has several hundred participants there are limits to what you can do though. The smaller bars just don’t have the capacity for it.

But light as the santa bar crawl may be, there’s just something about hundreds of people dressed as Santa (or very naughty elves) which makes it very special.

Last night was my first one as a participant and I recommend it thoroughly.

Santa outfits are hot things to wear, even light weight cheap ones. They’re rather lacking by way of pockets too, so a smart santa needs a man-bag. But at the end of the day who cares? It’s one night of silly fun with lots of beer.

It was also a chance to re-visit bars like Mooseheads and ICBM which I haven’t darkened the doors of in many a year. It’s a little scary realising just how small ICBM is.

If you missed it, well, only 364 sleeps until the next one.

(Slideshow below)

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24 Responses to
The 2008 Santa Claus Pub Crawl
Marianne 2:16 pm 15 Dec 08

I believe the santa pub crawl happens all over the world… but i could be wrong?

tylersmayhem 12:03 pm 15 Dec 08

I have always wanted to see two Santas go the knuckle. That would be cool.

I’m sure you would have seen one or two incidents early Sunday morning if you’d have hung about.

Beserk Keyboard Warr 11:00 am 15 Dec 08

I have always wanted to see two Santas go the knuckle. That would be cool.

johnboy 9:48 am 15 Dec 08

You’ll just have to show up one day to find out.

tylersmayhem 9:19 am 15 Dec 08

So whos who in the RA contingent (other than you JB – that’s an obvious one)?

sepi 3:40 pm 14 Dec 08

I thought it started as Anderson’s Consulting Xmas party and snowballed from there.

johnboy 3:39 pm 14 Dec 08

I think the idea was hatched by a public servant and propagated through departmental email lists.

Happy to get more detail from anyone who’s got it.

As for the photo, it tends to be blur from long exposure in low light rather than lack of focus.

I took the small durable camera rather than the large delicate one.

Ozi 2:45 pm 14 Dec 08

great pics, John, but would it be correct to infer the lack of focus in some photos towards the end of the album is somehow related to your inebriation? ;-)™

rosebud 2:40 pm 14 Dec 08

Great photos! Is there any background about how it all began (I love Christmas stories)? Who’s idea was it? Did you see it somewhere else, or is it a clever, clever Canberra idea? (Clever, clever Canberra)

Instant Mash 12:00 pm 14 Dec 08

I MUST do that next year!

farnarkler 2:52 am 14 Dec 08

The absence of red-eye reduction actually works in this instance. The average IQ of Mooseheads patrons must’ve gone up by 100 when the Santas arrived.

Gungahlin Al 6:08 pm 13 Dec 08

It truly was an amazing sight! Just hundreds of santas filling up 3 bars along Northbourne.

But it was quite simply impossible to find anyone I knew – they all looked like Santa! (and hot, red-faced and wasted!)

Fiona 3:17 pm 13 Dec 08

Maybe next time I’ll smile for the camera :p


toriness 3:13 pm 13 Dec 08

i am sad that for the second year in a row my departmental xmas ‘do was slated for the same day as the santa pub crawl – thereby putting me out of contention for attending – as i was trashed by 6pm and putting myself in a cab for home with the last shred of sensibility i had grasp of. it looked like awesome fun (the santa crawl)! boo boo boo.

Marianne 2:14 pm 13 Dec 08

haha this was a great event, I was constantly mesmerised by the many, many, many santas. It was surely a sight to see. Great photos john, and I agree, pubs were too small and not enough walking. Walking from pub to pub with a conga line of santas in the rain was my favourite part! 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one!

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