We all know that the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Fighting crowds at malls, budgeting travel expenses, and dealing with family dynamics can leave folks frazzled. That's why it's important to take a moment to blow off steam by drinking beer while dressed as old St. Nick. People will have a chance to do just that this Saturday at the St. Paul Santa Crawl. The event, brought to you by the geniuses behind the notorious Zombie Pub Crawl, invites revelers to dress up as a jolly elf, reindeer, or a guy in an ugly Christmas sweater and walk around the city spreading merriment. The bar hop serves as a benefit for Toys for Tots, and everyone who brings a toy will receive a free drink (there will be collection boxes at each location). Participating pubs include Groveland Tap, the Liffey, Camp, Amsterdam, and O'Gara's, where you can also pick up your wristband. Activities at different spots include costume and drunken gift-wrapping contests, cookie decorating, and caroling. Worried about getting around town? There will be buses along the way to help folks stay out of the cold and keep the party going. For more info, and to purchase tickets early, visit www.stpaulsantacrawl.com. 21+.
Sat., Dec. 8, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., 2012