Above is the first Denver Santa Claus Pub Crawl in 2002. We collected 14 toys that year which were donated to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. We attended 8 bars in 8 hours and everywhere we went we picked up a few fans and our numbers grew. Many years later we grew to over 2,000 Santas, elves, Ms Claus etc…and donated hundreds thousands of dollars worth of toys and cash to numerous local Colorado charities that help under privileged kids. We’ve been featured in countless newspaper articles, tv news stories and were also featured on a national tv show.
What have we learned? Doing a good thing does not always have to be a sacrifice.
Over 15 years we’ve donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of toys to over a dozen different organizations that specifically help children in metro Denver. Over the years these gracious organizations have always mentioned that they also need money to buy food, clothes, books, toiletries, rent assistance etc… So starting in 2014 we started collecting a registration fee from each Santa in exchange for a free drink at each bar. These drinks are generously donated by the bars which allows us to donate cash directly to the organizations. We even helped one Aurora school purchase a school bus giving them free transportation on all of the “expeditions” the students attended. But we still accept new toys the day of the event at check in! So be generous!