WHAT started as a small pub crawl in 2005 has now become a major Grafton event.
Numbers at Saturday's annual Santa Crawl were estimated at between 1100 and1200 people – virtually double the number that attended the event in 2009.
Angus McKimm, one of the event's organisers, said this year's Santa Crawl was ‘a terrific day' in terms of numbers and fundraising.
“We were really happy with the crowd and ... we're very hopeful we've raised about $10,000 for charity,” he said.
Mr McKimm said the event had grown so much organisers were next year likely to use the Grafton race track as the main venue.
“You've got this beautiful country race course which is quintessentially Grafton; so that's what we want to concentrate on going forward,” he said.
Many in attendance thought the highlight of the event was the Running of the Santas; a 200 metre race where contestants had to carry a glass of beer while spilling as little as possible.
“It was very amusing to watch. I didn't go in it because at 200 metres I would have had to pull up for a breather. But it was fun to watch,” Mr McKimm said.
Mr McKimm said the whole event had a great atmosphere.
“Everyone was friends yesterday; it was a really good vibe for a crowd of that size,” he said.
“If you're at a packed pub or a packed event, the crowd can be a bit of a hassle, but everyone was so warm and friendly.
“A lot of people brought their parents; and there were a lot of people there who didn't have an attachment to Grafton.”