Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run

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Join thousands of runners at Los Angeles’ largest holiday running event as it celebrates its’ 38th year! The Christmas Run’s starting point is located on Barnard Way, less than 2 miles from Broughton’s Georgian Hotel, making it the perfect place to stay while you get ready for the race.


About Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run

Despite the time of year, the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run continues to be one of the most popular races in Los Angeles. The race debuted in 1977 with approximately 10,000 runners and for almost four decades it has become an integral part of the Los Angeles community during the holiday season.


The Christmas Run has 4 exciting events this year:

  • 10K run/walk– fast and flat, this course starts and finishes along the beach in Santa Monica. Enjoy the views as you wind through the scenic streets of Santa Monica and Venice, with a long stretch along the famous Venice Beach boardwalk. Starts at 8am Saturday morning.
  • 5k run/walk– fast and flat, the same course as the 10k featuring a halfway turn-around point. Starts at 8am Saturday morning.
  • Kid’s Fun Run– short and family friendly, starts and finishes at the world famous Venice Pavilion where you can also find the giant Santa! Starts at 10am Saturday morning following the end of the 10k/5k run.
  • Costume Contest– put on your best Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer or elf costume and celebrate the holiday! The contest starts at 9:30 am, prior to the Kid’s Fun Run.
    • 3 awards will given to contenders:
      • “Christmas Spirit Award” for best Christmas themed costume
      • “Santa’s Little Helpers Award” for best dressed group of 5 people or more
      • “Most Original Award” for the most original costume


Register now through December 3! Registration fee for the 10k/5k Christmas Run is $45 and the Kids Fun Run fee is $20. Fee includes a custom designed long sleeve tech shirt and a finisher’s medal. Packet pickup for runners will be on Friday, December 4th from 12-7pm at Santa Monica Ford. If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday, you can pick it up on race day from 6:30-7:50am.


For more information on:

  • The course route, click here.
  • Parking and directions, click here.
  • Packet pickup, click here.
  • Street closures, click here.
  • Christmas Run sponsors, click here.

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Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run

Where: Santa Monica Pier Area/Ocean Avenue

When: Saturday, December 5th, 8am



Where to Stay


The Georgian Hotel

Stay stylish by the sea! No place captures the spirit of Southern California like Santa Monica- and no building captures the spirit of Santa Monica like the distinctively Art Deco-styled Georgian Hotel. Original period details meet modern amenities at this refurbished California classic built in 1933. 1415 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. 310.395.9945.