‘Running of the Santas’ holiday fun run returns this December

One of New Orleans’ wildest holiday traditions makes its return for the first time since the pandemic.

Running of the Santas, the popular fun run of costumed Kris Kringles in the Warehouse District, will return on Dec. 11.

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This year’s run kicks off with holiday food and drinks at Manning’s, at 519 Fulton Street, followed by a five-block fun run to Generations Hall, at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. The event also features a holiday costume contest.

Organizers say they expect more than 3,000 costumed runners to participate. This year also marks the event’s 10th anniversary.

All participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in accordance with city guidelines, organizers say.

Online registration is now open at the website, runningofthesantas.com. General admission tickets start at $15, with limited VIP tickets available for $75.

In 1998, “Running of the Santas” launched in the streets of downtown Philadelphia when 40 close friends decided to suit up in holiday costumes and go bar hopping. More than a decade and a half later, the “Running of the Santas” event has grown across the world with more than 20 host cities from Pennsylvania to the shores of New Zealand.

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