Party like a local at one of my favorite Park City events.
The annual Park City Santa Pub Crawl is the last opportunity for locals to take over Historic Main Street before the crowds of winter visitors arrive. This event is truly one of my favorites, as it is fun, irreverent, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money (the event is free and you are not required to imbibe). Created for locals by my friends, Hilary Reiter and Rachel Watts, the festive night welcomes those 21 and over to dress in holiday-themed costumes and spread holiday cheer to the bars on Main Street.
Pub crawlers typically comprise a healthy mix of ages from scantily dressed 20-somethings to retirees, with several hundred in attendance each year. Expect plenty of reindeer, Mrs. Clauses, Santa Clauses, Santa’s Little Helpers, human Christmas Trees, Jesus, and angels. I was Elsa the year “Frozen” was popular, but I have also dressed as an angel. You will have to stop by to see my costume this year.
While the Santa Pub Crawl originally consisted mostly of Park City locals, the word has gotten out. People travel from Salt Lake City, Heber City, and even out of state to join the revelry which is always timed to coincide with Deer Valley Resort’s opening day. Crawlers are welcome to join from the start or at any of the bars along the way.
The organizers ask each participant to donate an unwrapped toy to the Park City Toy Drive at Downstairs (Stop #2). Several hundred toys are collected and donated each year.
Plan a safe way to get home or book a hotel room (some even offer special Santa Pub Crawl rates). It’s also wise to bring cash. The bars tend to get packed, and sometimes it can be a wait for credit cards to be processed. I will most likely hop on the Electric Express bus to Kimball Junction so my ride doesn’t have to drive all the way to Main Street. Public transportation options are great in Park City
And if my recommendation isn’t enough, this is what co-founder Hilary Reiter had to say:
“The pub crawl is always a Park City highlight for the holiday season. Taking place on what used to be a fairly sleepy weekend in town, it is something locals have really come to look forward to. The number of out-of-town guests the crawl attracts is quite remarkable as are the incredibly creative costumes people manage to come up with. It’s one of just a few events where you get a chance to see how colorful Park City is. It’s a great reminder that we all moved here to have the best time ever!”
Saturday, December 7, 2019
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm @ Butcher’s Chop House and Bar—a perfect gathering spot to fuel up on food before a night of imbibing
6:45 to 8:15 @ Downstairs—this always becomes a big dance party with a DJ
8:15 to 10:30 @No Name, The Spur, and Flanagans—with so many attendees, the crawl is spreading out between the three bars. Take your pick or stop at them all! Rage Against the Supreme is performing at The Spur.
10pm- 1am: @The Cabin’s new location at 427 Main St. End of night Crawler party:
If you are planning to attend, please find me and say hi. I’ll be starting at 6 and probably peeling off after Stop #3.