Sunday, November 20th 2016

The Route

A merry way to help the parade.

The Santa Claus Parade has brought joy to Toronto for over 100 years. To keep this wonderful tradition alive, we need you to don your running shoes.

Take part in the third annual Holly Jolly Fun Run! It’s just 5k and you’ll run along the same route as the Santa Claus Parade. Thousands will cheer you on as you show your festive spirit!

• Runners must be 10 years or older & accompanied by an adult if younger than 16.

• No strollers or dogs allowed

The Jolly Fans

All proceeds go to the parade!

Early bird Registration is $ 50, and comes with a $ 50 tax receipt.

Register between November 1st - November 15th and receive race hat & mittens*

*while quantities last

Register Here!

It's not the longest. It's not the hardest. But it is the funnest!

The Route
The Route


Early bird Registration is $ 50, and comes with a $ 50 tax receipt.

Register between November 1st - November 15th and receive race hat & mittens*

*while quantities last

Any questions? email us at



Only participants who are wearing a race bib will be allowed to participate. Timing will be provided by Chip Time results. Each km will be marked. Please list important medical and contact information on the back of your bib.

Kit Pick Up

Race kits must be picked up at 50 Bay Street on:

Friday November 18th
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday November 19th
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Directions to 50 Bay St. (from Union Station)

Follow the underground path signs to the Air Canada Centre. Once in the main foyer walk East to the Bay St exit. Exit the building and turn right and you will find 50 Bay St.


Walk East on Front St to Bay St. Turn South on Bay, under the train overpass to 50 Bay St. It is a 3 minute walk.

There will be no race kit pick up on the day of the race. Each runner must pick up their own race kit.

Start Line

Is just West of Bathurst St. on Bloor St. between Manning Ave. and Euclid Ave. Water will be available at the start. Race starts at 11:45 Sharp!

Getting to the Start Line

The best way is to take the subway and exit on the Bloor line at the Bathurst or Christie stations. From Bathurst station, walk west 3 to 4 minutes. From Christie, walk East 3 to 4 minutes. For more information about transit please go to

Bag Check

Participants can check their bag at the start. Look for the Budget cube van at the start line. Your bag will be transported to the finish line and waiting for you after the race. Please make sure your bag tag (tear off at bottom of your bib) is attached on the outside of the bag.

THE BAG CHECK TRUCK WILL BE LEAVING AT 11:30 AM SHARP! If your bag is not on the truck by that time it will NOT be transported to the finish line. Please do not pack any valuables.

Finish Line

Is on Bremner Blvd. just West of York St. at Maple Leaf Square. There will be a bag check area as well as food to replenish and warm you up. Volunteers will assist you. We hope you will stay to enjoy the parade. We strongly encourage you to use the TTC.

For further information, please call
Running First at: (416) 920-3466

Holly Jolly FAQ’s

What are the age requirements?

Participants must be minimum 10 years of age on race day.

Do we have to run or can we walk?

This is a run, and participants must complete the event ahead of the floats in the Parade.

Can we pick up our race kit the day of the Run?

No, participants must pick up their race kit at 50 Bay St. on the Friday or Saturday prior to the race.

Can we pick up our race kit earlier than the pick-up day?


Can we join our family at the VIP area after we finish the run? If so, how do we get there?

Details will be provided to participants who select this package prior to race day.

Are strollers allowed?

No strollers or dogs will be permitted on the course.

Can I authorize someone else to pick up my kit for me?

Yes, please provide them with your confirmation email.

What time should I arrive?

We suggest 30 minutes prior to the start (race starts at 11:45)

Will I be able to check my bag?

Yes. Look for the Budget truck near the start line. The truck will leave promptly at 11:30 am.

Is the course timed?

Yes, timing will be provide by Chip Time Results and will be available online shortly after the event finishes.

Is the course marked?

Yes, every km will be marked.

Is the course certified?


What should I wear?

Dress festive and for the season. Make sure that your bib is worn on the front of your shirt or jacket on the outside. It must be visible to race officials.

Will there be anything to eat?

Light food and water will be provided at the finish area.

Are there Toilets on the course?

No. There are some nearby coffee shops (at the start) and facilities at the finish area.

Are there prizes?

No, this is a fun run to raise funds for the Santa Claus Parade.