Raising a pint is the same as spreading holiday cheer, right?

Hero and feature image by James Ramsay Photography. Final photo by Nigel Parry.

By Lianna Matt

Don your Santa hat, your reindeer antlers, your holiday ribbons and bows—even your dreidel costume: The 10th annual St. Paul SantaCon pub crawl is coming to Lowertown Dec. 16. Are you ready for the “Santarchy”?

Fuel up with some wood-fired pizza with your other sleigh-happy Santas at Big River Pizza at 7 p.m. before filling one of St. Paul’s favorite dive bars with good cheer at Kelly’s Depot Bar & Grill at 9 p.m. The last stop of the SantaCon is at Biergarten Germania at 10 p.m. While it’s not officially open yet, the owners couldn’t say no to the Christmas spirit and invited the pub crawl until close. Along the way you’ll be accompanied by one of the Twin Cities’ favorite street bands, The Brass Messengers.

There is no cover or participation fee to join the crawl: All you need is some holiday apparel and spirit. If you don’t think your Santa getup or ugly Christmas sweater quite cuts it, get a new Santa suit and holiday accessories with the Party City coupon on the SantaCon website. Among the holiday lights and red coats, you might even spy some members of the Minnesota Krampus society. Admittedly, with dark cloaks, horns, wooden masks and hooked noses, they’re hard to miss, but regardless, take the time to learn about the unique holiday legend from Salzburg, Austria.

SantaCons are happening at more than 100 U.S. locations and in countries like Japan, Sweden, Canada, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, China, Spain, Vientam and Thailand this year, so don’t miss out on being part of one of the merriest pub crawls of the year.


Photo by Nigel Parry. An elf and an angel hug at SantaCon in Lowertown.

Photo by Nigel Parry. A past SantaCon in Lowertown.


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