santa in the city - london

Santa in the City is London's iconic 5k Santa Run.  Back again in 2018 this year's event will be on Thursday 6th December 2018.  The festive run itself starts at 7pm and this Santa Run is the only event where you'll run past some of the most iconic locations in the world, dressed as a santa!

Run for fun or run for charity! This event is the perfect way to get you, your friends and family into the London festive spirit!

Registration is now open - click here to get your individual or group placeEach place costs £23 + booking fee (from £2.35/place), for which you will get your very own Santa Suit, individual running number and medal (T&C’s apply). Plus the chance to say you were part of this year's event!  Full event Terms & Conditions are available at the bottom of this page. If you wish to run for the Lord Mayor's Appeal, our Lead charity, please click here (or the button on the right had side below) and you will be transferred to their website for registration directly with them.


Starting on the north side of the Millennium Bridge, you will begin by running over the Thames and enjoying the world famous view of Tower Bridge.  The the route then takes you along the historic south embankment, past Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and some of London's oldest pubs,  and the Borough Market area. You will cross over Southwark Bridge and hug the north embankment running towards the Tower of London. You will return through the City, back over Southwark Bridge and turn right towards St Paul's Cathedral, over Millennium Bridge to the finish line of this truly iconic route!

No previous experience is needed for a 5k like this. The route is relatively flat and you can run, jog or walk. This event is a great way to get you into the festive spirit. If you want any more information, please do contact us or check out our FAQ's page. Full event T&C's are at the bottom of this page.

Following your registration...

Once you have signed up and paid for your place you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not, please do get in touch. Please bring the confirmation email to the Santa check-in desk located in Paternoster Square.  The check-in desk will be open from 3pm and will be situated to the right of the Starbucks.  When you check-in you will be given your Santa Suit and running number.  Santa Suits are all one-size, but adjustable to fit all.  At 6.45pm there will be the traditional Santa Parade from Paternoster Square to the start line, the Northbank of the Millennium Bridge.