Benjamin Franklin loved beer, as evidenced by his numerous quotes about the subject and his nickname, Beer O'Clock Benny. Follow in his footsteps with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $80 for entry for two to the Running of the Santas Expo and VIP admission for two to the Running of the Santas ($160 value)
- $159 for entry for four to the Running of the Santas Expo and VIP admission for four to the Running of the Santas ($320 value)
The experience begins with the Running of the Santas Expo on Friday, December 12, at McFadden's. There, VIP participants can pick up their wristbands and enjoy discounted drinks and giveaways.
The actual Running of the Santas pub crawl takes place on Saturday, December 13. (VIP runners get to enter the event an hour earlier.) The Philly edition concludes at the North Pole, in the guise of Electric Factory. Crowds can ho-ho-ho to a host of hummable tunes from former lead singer of Live Ed Kowalczyk, who delivers '90s alternative-rock classics such as "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes." The stuffed bill also includes party rock and pop from acts such as Split Decision, Secret Service, Gypsy Wisdom, Love Seed Mama Jump, the imaginatively named Scott's New Band, LeCompt, Heroes in Error, and the Annie Minogue Band.
Running of the Santas Mega Festival
Across 25 cities, up to 10,000 Santas descend from the skies—or perhaps their earthbound apartments—decked out in red and white costumes for a night that's anything but silent. Rather than crawling down chimneys, these jolly young Saint Nicks are crawling from one hip bar and pub to another, making their lists (of beers), drinking them twice, and preferring the naughty to the nice. At this annual Yuletide bash, which was once a 40-Santa event before it exploded into a national phenomenon, everyone gets to play Father Christmas as throngs of revelers follow their red noses along a path of drink specials, food specials, and a hottest Santa contest. Each event concludes with a live concert in which the Santas pack a music venue and shake their stuffing to an array of popular rock bands. A portion of the proceeds benefit charities such as the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation.