It’s one of the best Chrissy traditions on the Beaches, so grab your santa suit or any festive garb and get set to deck the halls of lots of great bars and restaurants in Manly to raise money for kids’ charity Royal Far West.

Silly season is already in full swing and what better way to get in the festive spirit than dressing in your best Santa suit and joining the annual Manly Santa Sunday Session. Formerly known as the Santa Claus Pub Crawl, this event has become a cherished tradition in Manly, spreading Christmas cheer while supporting a good cause.

Every year, the community dresses up in their best Christmas costumes (from Santa and Mrs Claus, to the Gingerbread Man, Rudolf, Buddy the Elf or even Olaf). The festive participants then embark on a merry crawl through Manly’s top hotels, restaurants and bars.

Almost 1,000 people joined the event in 2022, helping to spread Christmas cheer while raising money for local charities.

This year, all money raised will be donated to Royal Far West, Australia’s only national charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of rural and remote children. They provide health, education and disability services for country children aged up to 12 at their Centre for Country Kids in Manly, via telecare and through community outreach.

Tickets to the Manly Santa Sunday Sessions are on sale now for $35, with all sales donated to Royal Far West. You can also support the cause by purchasing festive decorations including Santa hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas ties or even a raffle ticket.

Ticketholders will need to jingle on down to The Steyne Hotel on Sunday, 10 December where the pub crawl will kick off at 12pm. They’ll then receive a wristband and an itinerary for the night, which includes drop-ins at local favourites like New Brighton Hotel, InSitu, Donny’s Bar, Tokyo Joe and Market Lane Live.

“This will be our first year joining as an official venue for the Santa Sunday Sessions and from the sounds of it, it won’t be our last,” says the Market Lane Live team. “(We) can’t wait to welcome all you Santas for a bevvy and some live music under the sun.”

Santa Sunday Session

Rally your friends, dig out your favourite Christmas attire and help make it another fantastic Christmas for everyone, including those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

: Sunday, 10 December, 12-10pm

Where: Meeting at The Hotel Steyne and Ending at Tokyo Joe

Price: $35


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