15,000 Santas Can’t Be Wrong

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

Everybody has their favorite holiday traditions. I’m sure you’ve got yours. Whether it’s trimming the tree, heading up to the snow, cooking all day for the family feast, or that glorious predawn celebration with the kids while they open their presents from Santa. All of those are legit rituals, and worthy of inordinate praise. I’ve got mine, too.

In the lane, snow is glistening…

Every year a bunch of friends and I load up and get drunk. Now, when you break it down to that simple sentence it doesn’t like much, does it? But it is. It’s not just us doing this thing; people come from all around the world to join in. It’s like Burning Man, see? It’s like Woodstock in a fur coat. It’s the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, folks, and 15,000 Santas can’t be wrong.

A beautiful sight…

Reno hosts these things 5 or 6 times a year. Pajama crawls. Geek crawls. Superhero crawls. Zombie crawls. Pirate crawls. The Leprechaun Crawl is my other favorite. If you click that link you’ll see that my friends and I are the homepage picture. Go figure. All year long, thousands converge on the biggest little city in the world, dressed apropos for the occasion, and get intoxicated for one big, revelrous night. I’m told somewhere between 2500 and 3500 people attend each event. The Santa Crawl draws an excess of 15,000. Yeah, we party.

We’re happy tonight…

This will be the 4th such Santa Crawl my friends and I attend. Guys. Gals. Some of us just barely into our twenties, others climbing quickly toward sixty. We represent a wide ethnic mix and an even more eclectic political spectrum. But we have a few things in common that no one can deny. First and foremost, we love each other dearly. Second and next most, we love to have a good time. Anywhere. Everywhere. Together. With strangers who become friends and with each other who remain so for life.

Walking in a winter wonderland!

So if you’re not busy this weekend check out our numerous Facebook feeds where we face unafraid the plans that we’ve made. Or, better yet, book a room and join us for one of our many adventures of a lifetime. It’s not too late. December 15th is still two days away and the path to Reno is clear(ish) of snow. All it takes to join is a makeshift costume, an open heart, and an affinity for fun.

Happy Christmas, readers and friends. I hope all of your traditions are memorable and sublime. 🎅

28 thoughts on “15,000 Santas Can’t Be Wrong

    1. Oh, it’s a great time! I had been to several of these things before the first winter one, and they were all fun. Santa Crawl is INTENSE. So many revelers in festive gear. Amazing event!


    1. Some years there is snow … in fact, on the way back from the first one we were caught in white out conditions and took 7 hours to make a 3-hour drive home. I’ll take the clear stuff. 😉

      Happy Holidays to you, too!

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  1. While I’ve never been to the Reno Santa Pub Crawl–or to Reno, for that matter, although I have had some weird ideas in my head about things to do in Denver when you’re dead, but that’s another story–I know what it’s like to gather with a bunch of like-minded folk for something fun. In fact this looks very much like some of the science fiction conventions I attended in my youth. There’s certainly a similar percentage of elves and bearded overweight guys.
    Anyway I hope it’s fun and also “15000 Santas Can’t Be Wrong” is my favorite running Kids In The Hall joke.

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  2. I am late to the party too…….but you may still be recovering form your adventure!!!!!! One of the many things I adore about you Tom is that you truly LIVE your life!!!!! What a super cool tradition!!!!!!

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