Brooke Auld as Cindy Lou Who and Sean Dold as The Grinch make the rounds at Santacon Fort Wayne. This year’s fundraiser will be held Dec. 9. See updates on participating vendors at Santacon Fort Wayne on Facebook.

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Santacon Fort Wayne has added a transportation option for 2018. About 600 Santas, elves and other Christmas characters are expected to trek between central Fort Wayne restaurants and bars on Saturday, Dec. 9.

A $40 gold pass with collectible lanyard entitles the wearer to hop a trolley among the 11 stops on the 6-hour pub crawl. The standard $20 red pass and lanyard is available again this year. Both passes are good for specials at participating vendors and the after-party.

Local band Hothouse again will entertain at the after-party, from 6-9 p.m. at the Freemasons Hall, 216 E. Washington Blvd., at Clinton Street. The staff of HT2 will serve holiday spirits. Flora & Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck will be on hand at the after-party,

Buy either pass and check out the pub crawl route at www.santaconfortwayne.com. This year’s list has grown to include: 816 Pint & Slice, Deer Park Irish Pub, Pedal City, O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant, The Hoppy Gnome, Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar, Henry’s Restaurant, Columbia Street West, Club Soda, Thirsty Camel and Rudy’s Wine, Chocolates and Cigars.

The event is strictly for ages 21 and older.

Santacon will benefit the Mizpah Shrine Van Replacement Fund, which ensures that vehicles are provided to carry orthopedic and burn patients to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago and Cincinnati. Over 2,000 patients in 22 counties, ages 2-18, rely on the Mizpah Shriners to transport them to receive life-saving care for burns, cleft lip and palate, scoliosis and a variety of other orthopedic deformities.