Downtown Gainesville Santa Crawl

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Downtown Gainesville Santa Crawl is a unique and fun way to celebrate the holiday season and help the children of the Gainesville community have a happier Christmas. Participants of the event are required to dress up in costumes related to the holiday season. The most popular costume is Santa or Mrs. Santa. However in past years, participants have been very creative and have come as candy canes, snowflakes and even reindeer. But don't worry, a Santa Hat or ugly Christmas sweater is acceptable. A donation of a toy or gift card is the admission to this festive pub crawl.

The different venues in downtown Gainesville offer specials to the Santa Crawl participants. Cover charges are waived for those dressed in holiday themed costumes. Happy Hour pricing and discounted menu items are often offered.

The event is usually held the first weekend in December and is always held in downtown Gainesville FL.

The toys and gift cards collected at the Downtown Gainesville Santa Crawl are donated to a local charity for distribution in the Gainesville community.

The 4th Annual Downtown Gainesville Santa Crawl is Saturday December 7th, 2013. Dust off your Reindeer and get your holiday costume ready – it’s time to crawl again! There are a few small changes this year, the event is on Saturday instead of Friday and a few new stops. There will be drink specials and lot of Ho,Ho, Ho-ing!


Admission to the Downtown Santa Crawl is a donation of kid friendly food for the Catholic Charities Food4Kids backpack program.  Santa Crawl participants are required to dress in Holiday costumes and must be at least 21 years of age.


This year the festivities will begin at Vello’s at 7:30. Look for the check-in-table and the big red Santa bag. We’ll travel to Tall Paul’s, Loosey’s, Downtown 101, Lillian’s and end with an after party at Sharab. Once again downtown venues will waive cover charges to all Santa Crawl participants. So get those elves busy on your costumes!


The 2013 Downtown Gainesville Santa Crawl Schedule: Vello’s 7:30 – 8:15 pm, Tall Paul’s 8:15 -9:00 pm, Loosey’s 9:00 – 9:45 pm, Hippodrome Steps for annual group photo 10:00 pm, Downtown 101 10:15 -11:00 pm, Lillian’s 11:00 pm – Midnight. The last stop of the evening will be at Sharab for the after party, beginning at Midnight.