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 first 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 12 years or older & accompanied by an adult if younger than 16.
• No strollers or dogs allowed
All proceeds go to the parade! Runners get a toque, mittens and charitable tax receipt.
Marlies Santa Day Event includes:
On Bloor St. just east of Bathurst St. Start Time: 12:00 noon, just ahead of the parade!
Your entry fee will go towards funding the Santa Clause Parade and a tax receipt for the entire amount will be issued after the event.
Bag check will be located at the start area. Please make sure that you have affixed your bib number to your bag with the tag provided (at bottom of your bib) when you pick up your hat, mittens and BibTag.
There will be an aid/water station at the Start and Finish area only.
Timing will be provided by ChipTime using the BibTag timing system.
The course is accurately measured and certified TBD (AC# ON-2013-130-BDC).
Parking is extremely limited and we strongly suggest that you use public transportation to get to/from the race. The Bathurst subway station is 2 minute walk to the start area. Please go to TTC website for further information on schedules etc.
Toilets will be located at the finish area.
The run will finish in front of The Royal Bank Tower which is located on the south west side of Bay/Wellington. Post-race food and warming area will be located in the Royal Bank Tower for participants only.
All participants will receive a limited edition HollyJolly hat and mittens with their Bib.
Kits must be picked up at the Old Spaghetti factory at 54 The Esplanade on the following days:
Friday November 14th 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday November 15th 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
We are located at 54 The Esplanade, one block east of Yonge Street and one block south of Front Street. We are located within a short walking distance from Air Canada Centre, The Sony Centre, The St. Lawrence Centre and Union Station.
Take the Front Street exit out of Union. Head East two blocks on Front Street. Turn right (south) on the east side of Yonge Street. Take a left (east) onto The Esplanade and travel one block, we will appear on the left side of the street.
From the west take the Gardiner Expressway East towards Toronto. Exit at Jarvis Street and head north. Take a left onto The Esplanade at the first intersection. Travel two blocks on The Esplanade and we will appear on the right side of the street.
From the east/north take the Don Valley Parkway South to the Gardiner Expressway West. Exit at Jarvis Street and head north. Take a left onto The Esplanade at the first intersection. Travel two blocks on The Esplanade and we will appear on the right side of the street.
For parking we suggest the Municipal parking lot (the “Green P”) at the bottom of Church Street, just below The Esplanade. The rates here stay constant regardless of what events are happening in the neighbourhood, unlike private lots. There is also street parking in front of the restaurant but these spots are notoriously hard to get.