Show Some Spirit

Have an ugly sweater? It could pay off at this year’s Santa Crawl.

There’s something about seeing a Santa cap that makes you smile. And there’s something about seeing someone sporting a tacky holiday sweater that makes you chuckle.

Fortunately for those attending this year’s Santa Crawl, both fashion statements will gain you free entry into any of the 15 participating nightspots.

Once again, Out & About Magazine is adding an entertaining twist to this holiday bar crawl, set for Friday, Dec. 11. In fact, not only will wearing an “ugly” holiday sweater gain you free admission, you could be a winner as our Ugly Sweater patrol will be cruising around the Loop and awarding instant prizes to sweaters that make a statement. Of course, those wearing a Santa cap or dressed in holiday attire will also get in free. The bottom line: Show some spirit, otherwise you pay a $5 cover.

This year’s venues include: 8th & Union, Anejo, Catherine Rooney’s, Chelsea Tavern, Club Lavish, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott, Firestone, Gallucio’s Café, Grotto Pizza, Kelly’s Logan House, Satsuma, Shenanigans, Timothy’s Riverfront and The Wicked Vine. Public shuttles begin at 8p.m. and will run until 1:15 a.m.

Partial proceeds from the Santa Crawl benefit Wilmington Children’s Chorus, a community chorus of area youngsters ages 8-18 that was founded in 2002. WCC is holding its annual Candlelight Holiday Concerts this month at First and Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., in downtown Wilmington. For more on the organization visit

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