Friday December 19th, the merchants of Main Gate Square will host a fun Santa Crawl to benefit Ben’s Bells from 7pm – 10pm. Main Gate Square is a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination near the University of Arizona that is home to many locally owned businesses. Main Gate aims to spread holiday cheer in a way that brings out the magical and absurd side of the holiday season. “Santa Crawl was inspired by SantaCons that have been successfully held throughout the U.S. each holiday season” says Main Gate general manager, Jane McCollum. Main Gate invites folks to come down dressed like Santa (or an elf, a menorah, a tree or a chicken) and is awarding prizes for best costumes including $200 cash, $150 gift card to Pitaya and many, many more. Don’t have a costume to wear? Come on down to the event and be transformed by 2 EE the Elf who will provide balloon hats and face painting. Be sure to stop next to the Santa’s sleigh and have a picture taken. Those in attendance are expected to bring their very best ho-ho-ho holiday cheer and to be kind. The fun starts at Geronimo Plaza with a Santa Sing- A-Long led by the George Howard Band.
Special wristbands will be available for sale at the event for only $5 each with all funds raised going to Ben’s Bells, an organization that works to inspire, educate and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness. The wristbands entitle wearers to great specials and discounts at participating merchants and are available for sale at Gentle Ben’s, Auld Dubliner, Pasco Kitchen & Lounge, Fuku Sushi, Posner’s Art Store, Ooo! Outside of Ordinary. In addition to providing discounts and specials, McCollum notes that “Many establishments are also giving a percentage of their sales that night to local nonprofits including the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Casa de los Ninos, and Youth on Their Own.” The event is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention. Come join the fun and help great causes this holiday season. For more information about the event, visit the Main Gate website.