Dec. 3, 2014 By Christian Murray
Hundreds of Santas are going to be lining the streets of Sunnyside this Saturday as they participate in the neighborhood’s third annual Santathon/pub-crawl.
Eleven bars along—or near—Queens Blvd are putting on the festive event, where attendees will go from bar-to-bar and will be able to buy $4 beers. Participants will be required to pay $10 for a wristband and wear a Santa costume (or at least a Santa hat) to get the $4 beers.
The $10 wrist bands can be bought at any of the bars—from now until the time of event. The proceeds will be donated to children’s charities to buy toys for needy kids this holiday season.
The bars are also accepting toys and monetary donations from now until Christmas.
The pub crawl will begin at 3:00 pm and go until late. Participants are able to begin their journey at any of the bars but must then follow the order of Santa’s route (see map).
The participating bars are: Arriba Arriba, Bar 43, Maggie Mae’s, Bliss Street Station, The Courtyard Ale House, McGuinness’s Saloon, Molly Blooms, Sidetracks, Jack’s Fire Dept., The Gaslight and PJ Horgan’s.
Last year’s Santathon raised more than $10,000 in monetary and new toy donations.
“We really want this to be a big event, ” said Nick Murphy, the co-owner of Bar 43 & Grill. “We are all coming together to put on a great community event that will help raise money for charity.”
The eleven bars are part of what’s known as Sunnyside Boulevard Bars, a group that was formed in 2012 and has held several events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival.
The organization has raised more than $25,000 for charity since its inception. The beneficiaries have included Sunnyside/Woodside Boys & Girls Club and the 51st Street Fire Station (Engine 325/Ladder 163).
Saturday, Dec. 6
Time: 3 pm