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Sunnyside Santathon Returns This Weekend

The ever-popular Sunnyside Santathon bar crawl returns as an in-person event Saturday. Attendees at a previous Sunnyside Santathon (Photo via Instagram @blvdbars)

The ever-popular Sunnyside Santathon bar crawl returns Saturday. Attendees at a previous Sunnyside Santathon (Photo via Instagram @blvdbars)

Dec. 7, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

Dozens of Santas are going to be lining the streets of Sunnyside this Saturday as they participate in the neighborhood’s annual Santathon.

The popular crawl makes a return this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Nine local bars are participating in the Dec. 11 crawl where pints will be discounted with the purchase of a wristband. The crawl begins at 3 p.m. and continues “until late.”

Wristbands for the event cost $10 and are now available for purchase at any of the participating bars. The wristbands will get bar-hoppers drink specials and deals. Event organizers encourage attendees to purchase and pick up their wristbands before Saturday.

Proceeds from the sale of wristbands will go to buy toys and warm clothing for children in need this holiday season. The items will be delivered to non-profits such as the Floating Hospital and Hour Children in Long Island City. A portion of the funds will also go to support local food pantries.

Some of the items purchased for charity last year (Photo via GoFundMe)

The crawl, now in its tenth year, is organized by Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a group that represents several local bars.

Organizers raised funds last year via a GoFundMe page since the event was canceled. Around $8,500 was generated, shattering the $5,000 that was raised from the 2019 crawl.

Residents who cannot make the Santathon this year can make a financial donation via a new GoFundMe page by clicking here.

Participating Sunnyside Santathon establishments:
Arriba Arriba
The Courtyard Ale House
The Goat
Ida’s Nearabout
Jack’s Fire Dept.
Maggie Mae’s
McGuinness’s Saloon
Sweet Avenue

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Lucky number 7 train

The whole drunk santa thing can be annoying ( there is always a few who ruin it for all) but wow they raised a lot of money for charity and it’s good for these pubs and restaurants and their staff God knows they need it. Maybe we should all try to be more kind and forgiving after this pandemic and this time of year. Merry Christmas everyone.

Non-shouting or crying coal lump

How am I going to explain to my Santa-believing child that these people arent the real Santa? Really concerned about this. Maybe I should move to a new neighborhood?

There is stupid then there is Fox stupid

Non shouting- Is it really that hard to explain an adult or many adults in costume? Santa bar crawls are done all over the country.


This is why others laugh and have no respect for Christmas. Its a drunk fest. As a former public preschool educator Santa Clause in the last years was banned from being talked about through childrens books and songs because our school district considered him a Saint/religious figure. We needed to come up with a winter theme instead for the month of Dec.


Come on Kim get off your high horse. I’m sure that you can’t wait to get gifts on Christmas. Part of the commercialization of Christmas. Celebrate Festivus if you don’t like it. I say more lights, more gifts, more drunken ! Merry Christmas to all.

There is stupid then there is Fox stupid

Maybe just maybe everyone on here is just the same internet troll and nothing matters.

George Floydizzle

Sounds like you need some vitamin D in you. Sorry no one wants to give it to you.

There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Aww tell us more about your hurt feelings for losing your job as an educator because you refused to be vaccinated.


you know you’ve reached rock bottom when you wear a santa suit just to get discounted drinks. dont judge me.

hey hoser, take off

thanks for the tip, i was just going to roll up the hose for winter, but ill wait so i can hose off the sidewalk after these fat drunk bastards decorate it


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