Drinking all the way: Cleveland Christmas bar crawls to brighten spirits

In the mood for some Christmas bar crawls? Hitch up your sleigh (actually, call a Lyft), pop on your Santa hat, and get ready to make merry while raising a bar glass.

NOVEMBER 29th – DECEMBER 29th

VIP Holiday Lights & Booze Crawl

Where: Downtown Cleveland, Ohio City and Tremont areas

Tours run twice a day from 4pm – 8pm OR 7pm – 11pm.  The groups meet at TownHall on W 25th.

Run by VIP Rides, this bus tour takes you through some of Cleveland’s best Christmas displays, twice a day, every Thursday through Sunday, with an additional event day on Christmas Eve. You can bring your own booze on the bus (but not the bars). The tour includes:

A tour of Cleveland’s Best Holiday Light Displays
A visit to Cleveland’s most festive bars.
See the famous ” Christmas Story House”
Visit Public Square, The Chandelier at Playhouse Square, and the historic windows at the Higbee Building.
Complimentary Draft Beer or Coffee at Townhall
Complimentary Holiday Shot at Southside Tremont
Transportation provided by VIP Party Bus
Souvenir Santa hat and gift bag
Must Be 21 to attend

Price: $50 per person. Find tickets here.

DECEMBER 7th

3rd Annual 12 Bars of Christmas

Where: Cleveland area bars (meeting at Dive Bar on W. 6th) from 12pm –  8pm.

Held by Bar Crawl Events, you will visit…that’s right, 12 bars in one night. As of now, bars will include Dive Bar, AJ Roccos, Barley House, City Tap, Flannery’s, Velvet Dog, Victory Alley, Wilbert’s and the Wild Eagle Saloon.

Your admission will include (from the event site):

– Bus transportation to participating bars! (paid ticket holders only)
– 16oz Bad Santa Stadium Cup for all your drinks!
– Santa Hat for online orders only while supplies last!
– Wristband for entry and drink/food specials!
– No cover with your ticket purchase!
– Drink specials at all participating bars!
– Event t-shirt available for purchase!
Price: Before Nov 1st: $16 single ticket / $14 group rate (min 4), Before Nov 30th: $18 single ticket / $16 group rate (min 4) / $25 for ticket and t-shirt, After Nov 30th: $20 per ticket. Tickets available here. 

DECEMBER 14th

4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Crawl

Where: Lakewood area, from 2pm – 10pm (Registration at Around the Corner)

Run by Bar Crawl USA, this popular crawl asks you to put on your best Goodwill sweater find, and merry it up. Admission will include (from the event site):

Ugly Sweater T-shirt (picked up at the after party)
Ugly Sweater Crawl Koozie at registration
Registration party to kick off the crawl
Photographer on site.
DJ’s playing holiday music at multiple stops
Themed Discounted Drink specials at participating bars
Ugly Sweater Crawl Map to help guide you bar to bar
Hundreds of crawlers dressed in the ugliest holiday gear
Ticket only entry to all participating bars
Voted one of the most fun & organized holiday crawls by Yelp

Price: Before Dec 1st: $19.99, After Dec 1st: $24.99. Ticket available here. 

12 Bars of Christmas

Where: TBA, 4pm – 10pm

Run by Crawl With Us, details of this crawl’s stops are still yet to come, but they promise the following (from the event site):

1-2 COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS/ITEMS!
CUSTOM BADGE AND LANYARD
DRINK SPECIALS EXCLUSIVE TO OUR CRAWLERS
FOOD SPECIALS AT SELECT LOCATIONS
FREE COVER WITH OUR BADGE
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO OUR CRAWL MAP
$500 COSTUME CONTEST

Price: Before Nov 14th: $15, After Nov 14th: $20. Sales end Dec 6th. Ticket available here. 

Dashin’ Through the Bars

Where: Flats (East bank & Warehouse district), from 2pm – 10pm

Run by Bar Crawl Live, here’s what they’ll be providing, from the event description:

2 locations for registration
Led bracelets to guide you through the crawl (first 100 participants)
A 16oz Color Changing Cup
Kick-off, Half time and After Parties
Photography &  Videography provided
Costume Contest with prizes!
DJ’s and entertainment at select venues
Detailed Map of Participating Venues
Entry to your cities best Venues and Clubs
Up to 50% off Theme Specific Drink Specials
Up to 25% off Food Specials
BCL Staff to guide the crawl and support your good times!

Price: Group tickets (before Dec 13th): $7.50, with a “Buy 4, get 1 free” deal offered / Single ticket (before Dec 14th): $9.99 / Single ticket, day of event: $29.99. You can purchase a Santa hat for $4.99 apiece.  Find tickets here.

Know of any more upcoming Christmas bar crawls? Let us know! Now get out there, have fun and be safe.

Get in the Christmas mood early by watching our interview with a man who’s been playing Santa for over 20 years.