The Santa Claus Pub Crawl

In December 2019 the North Wollongong Hotel will again host the annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl. This event raises funds for the Salvation Army through donations, merchandise & wristband sales. Last year we saw approximately 10,000 getting involved in the festivities over the day.

The Santa Claus Pub Crawl has been going for over 20 years. It was originally started by a small group of friends as a means of raising some Christmas spirit – and having some fun at the same time. This event the longest running Santa Pub Crawl in the world and over $120,000 was raised in 2018!

The only requirement is for participants to dress in something Xmassy – even just a hat will suffice. In previous years costumes have ranged from Santa's, Xmas trees, presents, reindeer, angels, elves – Santa Elvis's have made an appearance too.

Funds are raised via donations from venues, accommodation providers, selling merchandise and via Lucky Door Prize entries at the North Gong Pub. This money, along with all other donations, will go directly to the Salvation Army to provide assistance to disadvantaged children in the Illawarra area.

The Santa Claus Pub Crawl is held every year on the Second Saturday in December, with this year falling on Saturday 8th December. This year the crawl is going to start even earlier at North Gong with a best dressed competition in the afternoon. Make sure you arrive early and beat the lines.

All money raised is donated to the Salvation Army for use in the Illawarra area.

Invite your friends....the more...the merrier!!!


New Years Eve at North Gong

After a massive 2018, on the back of five years of full house turnouts, North Gong Hotel is cranking it up for yet another unmissable New Year's Eve Party. Hosting some of the biggest names in electronic music, like Booombox Cartel, LO'99, Mashd N Kutcher and Tigerlily, this year's line up will not disappoint!

NYE doesn't get any bigger than this. Come and ring in the new year with five thousand of your friends. We've got a 3 stages, 10+ acts, 8 bars and a sound and lighting set up that would rival a music festival!

If you would like to get information relating to the event or be included in a special pre release offer please send an email to

Dog Day

The Illawarra's best and biggest day for dogs. Proudly brought to you by Pound Paws and North Wollongong Hotel. Celebrate dog rescue with a whole heap of tail-wagging activities. We've got live entertainment, rescue dog stalls, puppy ball pit, sausage dog Ninja Warrior, food stalls, rescue dog adoption parade, best dressed dog competition, best trick commpeition and all the doggie business stalls you could think off!

Special Dog Activities:

- Dog Massages (to help reduce dog anxiety)

- Professional Dog Head Shots (Yep, because we see the Pet-tential in your dog being a star).

- Doggie Finger Painting - Is your dog the next Pet-casso?

- Doggie Photobooth - Yes humans, you can participate in this one too, we have lots of props which will make the perfect #INSTA

- Doggie Treat Samples

- Doggie Competitions - Best Dressed / Best Dog Trick

- Doggie Hair Chalk

- Doggie Behaviouralist

- Doggie IceCream

Human Activities: Giving the dogs attention

Proudly supporting Illawarra canine rescue organisations and charities.

Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for details on Dog Day 2019.