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Santa is Coming to Town… by the Thousands

Just as the chaos of the holiday season mounts to its apex, the Reno downtown bar district will get its annual visit from over 4,000-5,000 pub-crawling Santas, and various other holiday spirited costumes, ready to spread holiday cheer for charity.

3107273018_8cf6fb8b74_bThe evening begins precisely at 7:30pm…ish at several locations, where red-suit clad men and women meet to pick up their maps and joyfully wassail through the downtown district, stopping at over 30 selected locations, bringing the joy of giving to revelers along the way.

The charity event, free to participants, is expected to bring in about $5,000 to The participating venues along the route are asked to donate to the “Claus,” and as a reward for their generosity, they receive a visit from the crawlers.

The evening pauses for a moment to sing Christmas carols under the Reno Arch at midnight, and then the decking of the halls continues until dawn’s early light.

Santas are going to need a little more than milk and cookies to get through this night… From Naughty Elfs to Sleigh Shots, there are drink specials for all to have a good night.

The fastest way to get on Santa’s naughty list is by drinking and driving. The Silver Legacy is offering an early holiday present giving deluxe rooms Friday and Saturday for $62 a night, and $50 Sunday night. Plus, 10% of each hotel purchase to the Claus! Group Code is Santa11.

Before you hit the bars, hit the slopes only 30min away at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for the Santa Ski Crawl December 10!

Wondering where you can get a 2011 Commemorative Cup? We made list, and checked it twice…

4183227250_fae07c8b8b_zChocolate Walrus
Junkee’s Clothing Exchange
Prism Magic
3rd Street
Shooters Saloon
Duffy’s Ale House
Doc Holliday’s
Siena Hotel Casino
Men Wielding Fire
Imperial Lounge
Ole Bridge Pub
El Cortez Lounge
Tonic Lounge
Se7en West St. Market
Pizza Reno
Chocolate Bar
4182484741_6124f86a96Java Jungle/Jungle Vino
Sierra Tap House
Whiskey Bar
Pin Up Pub
The Lincoln Lounge
Davidson’s Distillery
Louis Basque Corner
Abby’s Highway 40
Club Underground
Biggest Little City Club
Red Rock Studio
Strega Bar
St. James Infirmary
Studio on 4th
Pioneer Underground
West Second Street

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Use the Silver Legacy iPhone App for Santa Crawl Map

Reno Santa CrawlHave no fear, Silver Legacy Resort Casino will help guide you to all the bars, pubs and clubs on the Santa Crawl list this year!  The new Silver Legacy iPhone App now features a map of all the stops along the 2010 crawl route to help save paper and avoid getting lost. 

Silver Legacy hopes people will ditch their paper maps and use this helpful iPhone App, which is free to download from the App store.  Launched today, Santa Crawlers have time to check the route and plan stops before they go out and about this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Santa Crawl is an annual charity event that that attracts thousands of people dressed as Santa, Mrs. Clause, elves, reindeer and more.  Crawlers make their way around downtown Reno in groups, stopping at participating establishments—as noted on the map—to drink and be merry.  An estimated $5,000 in proceeds will be given to, an online charity supporting children’s classroom initiatives around the country.  The climax of the evening takes place at midnight as Crawlers gather under the Reno Arch to sing Christmas carols.

Launched in early October, Silver Legacy’s iPhone App gives users all the 2010 Santa Crawl information in the palm of their hand and also includes all the features Silver Legacy’s website provides.  Not only can the iPhone App use GPS to calculate your location, it can also give you the specials at the closest on-property bar.  $2 Bud Light and $3 Kamikazes will be available to Crawlers at participating Silver Legacy bars all night long. 

Silver Legacy’s iPhone App also gives users the ability to instantly make dinner reservations, buy concert tickets and take virtual tours of their rooms before making reservations.  It also directly links to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Impressive GPS features also make the Silver Legacy iPhone App handy for those using their mobile devices on property by sending specials directly to the phone. 

For more information on the Santa Crawl and Silver Legacy’s iPhone App, visit or the Apple Store or call 775-329-4777. 

-Diana Rogers

Snowy conditions in Reno Tahoe won’t stop the Santa Crawlers

Flights have been grounded, cars are stalling, power-lines are down and Reno Tahoe is all but buried under record low temperatures and snow, but all that won’t make a difference to this year’s Reno Santa Crawl which is expected to draw nearly 5,000 Santa-clad visitors this year for the weekend-long events.

In fact, the blizzard makes for an improved event and another surge in attendance if the pass remains open, says Matty Goedert, event founder and San Francisco based tax-attorney-by-day. “In our eight-year history we’ve lived through two huge snow storms, and the crawlers love it. This is the first year we’re doing Santa Skiing so if conditions continue, it will be the best fresh powder to kick off the season.”

Dubbed “Reindeer Games,” the weekend of Dec. 11-13 kicks off Friday night with a Santa Crawl Pajama Ball at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Then, all day Saturday, discounted Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose ski resort for those dressed as Santa.

The games come to head on Saturday night when more than 45 bars, pubs and casinos within a half-mile radius in downtown Reno host a flurry of Red, White and Beards for the eighth annual Reno Santa Crawl into the wee hours of the morning.

Beginning with only a handful of participants, the crawl has steadily grown each year. At the onset of the recession in 2008, organizers experienced a significant and unexpected surge when attendance doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 participants. This year, they are expecting close to 5,000.

In true holiday spirit, proceeds from the event go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund for the families of fallen law officers of the Reno-Sparks area.

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Photos: Santa Pub Crawl takes over downtown Reno

Reno is still in recovery mode after a night of partying Saturday as hundreds of Santas converged on downtown during the Seventh Annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl.

More than two-dozen local nightlife hot spots participated with drink specials and music, while locals and visitors mingled in their Santa suits.

The night culminated with a gathering of the Santas under the iconic Reno Arch and shortly after the real Santa was on his way home to continue getting ready for Christmas Eve. Don’t worry, though, we got a picture of him. He’s the one in the red hat.

Santa Crawl to hit downtown Reno

Santa Claus is coming to town. Actually, hundreds of Santa Clauses are coming to downtown Reno, as we celebrate the Seventh Annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl this weekend (Dec. 13) at dozens of downtown Reno watering holes.

The crawl begins at three downtown Reno bars including: Amendment 21 (425 South Virginia St.), Imperial Bar and Lounge (306 E. 4th St.) and the Underground (555 East 4th St.).  More than 27 pubs, bars and watering holes are taking part in the crawl. Santas will convene under the Reno Arch with the backdrop of a vibrant casino and gaming district at midnight to ring in the Christmas season and sing Christmas carols. An after party will take place at 210 North located at 210 N. Sierra St.

The crawl is open to any aspiring Saint Nick, elf or anyone with Christmas spirit, and proceeds from the event will go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund, benefiting the families of fallen law-enforcement officers from agencies in the Reno-Sparks area. A check for $5,000 will be presented the night of the event.

So break out your Santa, Mrs. Claus or even elf outfit and join one of the largest gatherings of Kris Kringles in the West. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m.