The History Of TBOX

The First Bar of the First TBOX
December 14, 1996

The First TBOX… Mr. Festa Drinks Alone (1996)

The History of TBOX – The First 12 Bars of Xmas in 1996 Christopher Festa holds the first “12 Bars of Christmas” pub crawl in Lincoln Park, Chicago, mainly for his co-workers from Accenture (then known as Andersen Consulting). The very first bar is Goose Island on Clybourn, where no..Read More

A Scene from TBOX 1997
December 13, 1997

TBOX #2 – Why Not Do It Again? (1997)

Chris Festa decides to do the 12 Bars of Xmas a second time, this time starting at McGee’s on Webster Street in Lincoln Park. This time, more than 60 people attend! The Following is told in the first person voice of TBOX Founder Christopher Festa… I didn’t think much about..Read More

TBOX in 1998
December 5, 1998

TBOX #3 – A Great Leap Forward (1998)

In 1998, it was an incredibly, unseasonably warm day in Chicago, and  attendance increased SIX-FOLD to over 350 people with temperatures near 70F the entire day. For the 12 Bars of Xmas, this was a giant leap forward! The Following is narrated in the first person by TBOX Founder Christopher..Read More

Scene from the 4th TBOX in 1999
December 11, 1999

TBOX #4 – Taking Over Wrigleyville (1999)

By 1999, the 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl had grown too big for the smaller bars of Lincoln Park – so Mr. Festa decided to move the whole operation up to Wrigleyville… and the rest became history! The Following is narrated first person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa TBOX..Read More

TBOX in 2000
December 9, 2000

TBOX #5 – The Wilderness Years (2000)

Compared to December 1999, things kind of sucked for me a year later. I was working 14-hour days for the now-struggling dot-com in the least exciting place in the world at the time, San Jose, California. The girl was gone, and I was getting to come home to Chicago less..Read More

One of the Only Photos from TBOX 2001
December 8, 2001

TBOX #6 – Carrying on During Hard Times (2001)

In 2001, TBOX carried on for a 6th Year despite Mr. Festa temporarily living in California, and the after-effects and sad atmosphere that remained from 9/11. But the show went on… The following is written in first person as narrated by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa By TBOX time in 2001,..Read More

The First TBOX Frame - 2002
December 14, 2002

TBOX #7 – The Triumphant Return (2002)

In 2002, Mr. Festa returned full time to Chicago, moved to Wrigleyville, and re-dedicated himself to making TBOX a blowout extraordinaire! The 7th TBOX featured the first badges, first frame, first stickers, and first cereal shots! View All The Photos from TBOX7 on Facebook, Click Here. The following is written..Read More

2003 - The History of Christopher Festa's TBOX Bar Crawl in Chicago
December 13, 2003

TBOX #8 – How Steve Bartman Saved TBOX (2003)

Return to The History of TBOX Timeline In 2003, the Chicago Cubs and the infamous Steve Bartman played a huge role in the future of TBOX.  In the pre-2016 World Series days, Wrigley was filled with angst… but TBOX was there to fill the void. Click here to View all the..Read More

TBOX #9 – Growing and Growing (2004)
December 11, 2004

TBOX #9 – Growing and Growing (2004)

TBOX kept growing and got even bigger in 2004. It was the first year we had a customer service desk and a headquarters the day of the event in Wrigleyville, and grew to 2300 people! The following is told in the first person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa: I group..Read More

TBOX #10 – The Last Completely Innocent Year (2005)
December 10, 2005

TBOX #10 – The Last Completely Innocent Year (2005)

The 10th Annual TBOX in 2005 was awesome… it was the last completely innocent year for the 12 Bars of Xmas… but many of the things we enjoy today had their roots in this year. The following is told in the first person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa… I’d have..Read More

TBOX #11 – The First Modern TBOX (2006)
December 9, 2006

TBOX #11 – The First Modern TBOX (2006)

The 11th TBOX in 2006 was the first truly “MODERN” TBOX – all in Wrigleyville, it was a circuit, it was sponsored by a major beer company and the RedEye newspaper, we had professionally printed badges… and reached 3,400 people. We were growing up! The following is told first person..Read More

TBOX #12 – Over 4,000 People, and The First Opening & Closing Ceremonies (2007)
December 28, 2007

TBOX #12 – Over 4,000 People, and The First Opening & Closing Ceremonies (2007)

TBOX #12 – Twelve Times Twelve – The Golden Birthday of TBOX, was an amazing year where we topped 4,000 people for the first time. The Following is told in the first person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa: Things were really getting amazing by 2007. This was the first time the Opening..Read More

TBOX #13 – We Jump to 6,700 People! (2008)
December 13, 2008

TBOX #13 – We Jump to 6,700 People! (2008)

The 13th TBOX in 2008 jumped from 4,200 to 6,700 people, and our reputation began to precede us!  TBOX was really becoming “a thing” in Chicago, and we were scrambling to keep up with the growing crowds. The following is told in First Person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa.. For..Read More

TBOX #14 – The First Themed TBOX -The Class of… (2009)
December 12, 2009

TBOX #14 – The First Themed TBOX -The Class of… (2009)

TBOX 2009 had over 7,000 people, and it was our first Themed TBOX – The Class of 2009 High School Yearbook Theme.  If you missed the Prom Queens, the Jocks, the Nerds, the Bullies, P.E., and all the other great things about school, TBOX2009 had it… but with Beer! The..Read More

TBOX #15 – It’s A Crawl World After All… Over 10,000 (2010)
December 11, 2010

TBOX #15 – It’s A Crawl World After All… Over 10,000 (2010)

In 2010, TBOX finally broke the 10,000 attendance barrier, thanks to word of mouth everywhere around Chicago, and making the front page of the RedEye newspaper on Friday, the day before TBOX. It was chaos, it was a whirlwind, and It was a Crawl World, After All! The Following is..Read More

TBOX #16 – Camp TBOX… Over 16,000! (2011)
December 10, 2011

TBOX #16 – Camp TBOX… Over 16,000! (2011)

TBOX 2011 increased all the way to 16,000 people!  Clark Street Closed… We had Make-Out Tents in every bar… They Re-Routed the 22 Clark Bus… it was 15 degrees but that didn’t stop anyone from having an amazing time. “CAMP TBOX” took us up yet another notch! The following is..Read More

TBOX Bar Crawl - 2012
December 8, 2012

TBOX #17 – TBOXOPOLY – The Trix Hits the Fan (2012)

TBOX 2012, “TBOXOPOLY” – was billed as the world’s most exciting live-action board game. We won’t go into all the details here… find Mr. Festa at the next Happy Hour if you want the full story… but let’s just say that the Trix hit the Fan. It was an UNBELIEVABLE,..Read More

TBOX #18 – AIR TBOX (2013)
December 14, 2013

TBOX #18 – AIR TBOX (2013)

TBOX continued strong into 2013 after the blowout of 2012. Despite a blizzard, the 18th Annual Original Twelve Bars of Xmas — “AIR TBOX” – took flight in the Winter Wonderland of Wrigleyville! The following is told in first person by TBOX Founder Christopher Festa… After getting everything all set..Read More

TBOX #19 – The TBOX Zoo (2014)
December 13, 2014

TBOX #19 – The TBOX Zoo (2014)

For the 19th TBOX, we were super-excited for a theme suggested by a member of the Royal Court… The TBOX ZOO!!! Boom, Done, Simple, Perfect. Who doesn’t want to dress (and act) like an animal for a day? On this, the 19th TBOX, we were blessed beyond words with a..Read More

TBOX #20 – TBOX, The Motion Picture (2015)
December 12, 2015

TBOX #20 – TBOX, The Motion Picture (2015)

The 20th Anniversary TBOX in 2015 was Awesome!!! MOVIE THEMED!!! We made it our platinum year in style, with plenty of Action, Romance, Comedy, and Drama! The 20th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas – #TBOX2015 – was truly magical. In the Spring of 2015, Mr. Festa announced that the theme..Read More

TBOX #21 – TBOX, The Wedding (2016)
December 10, 2016

TBOX #21 – TBOX, The Wedding (2016)

The 21st Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas – #TBOX2016 – was TBOX The Wedding. Clark Street was filled with Christmas Wedding costumes, fake marriage proposals, and people catching bouquets and cereal everywhere!  In the Joy of the Aftermath of the Cubs’ first World Series Victory in 108 years, Wrigleyville was..Read More

TBOX #22 – Brett Eldredge Comes to TBOX, Media Frenzy, and Breaking the World Record
December 9, 2017

TBOX #22 – Brett Eldredge Comes to TBOX, Media Frenzy, and Breaking the World Record

in 2017 at the 22nd Annual TBOX, we beat the current World Record pub crawl by over 240%!  The theme was Christmas Vacation, and we converted Clark Street into a Holiday / Travel / Vacation Wonderland!  And, Country Music Superstar Brett Eldredge came to TBOX and Hung Out All Day!!!..Read More

TBOX #23 – TOY BOX (2018)
December 8, 2018

TBOX #23 – TOY BOX (2018)

TBOX #23 is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 in Wrigleyville Chicago – #TBOX2018 – “TOY BOX” !  Festa’s Original Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl has a Toy Theme this year and will be accompanied by a citywide Toy Drive as part of our charity!! TBOX 2018 will be sponsored by..Read More

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