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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, human Christmas trees and candy canes ─ these are just a few of the festive Christmas costumes that partygoers will sport at the 16th annual “Running of the Santas Mega Festival” on December 7, 2013.
Philadelphia’s signature Christmastime event, which Philadelphia magazine has described as “a younger, much hotter version of the Mummer’s Parade,” will kick off at 11 am and run late into the night as thousands of celebrants seek to bring what event organizers are dubbing The Best Day Ever to the city of Brotherly Love. Organizers of the 2013 “Running of the Santas Mega Festival” are predicting a record 10,000 participants this year, toppling last year’s Philadelphia event which attracted more than 7,000 revelers.
Philadelphia’s largest wintertime festival will kick off at Finnigan’s Wake (“The South Pole”) located at 537 N. 3rd Street, where event participants will prepare for a three-block “fun run” at 4 pm to the Electric Factory (“The North Pole”) located at 421 N. 7th Street. The doors will open and live music will start at 11 am at the Electric Factory which will have multiple outdoor heated tent areas as well as several live bands and amazing drink specials.
The day-long festivities will continue with a huge concert and party at the Electric Factory. Two-time Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling rock band Tonic will headline the long list of musical performances in addition to Go Go Gadjet, Split Decision, LeCompt, Gypsy Wisdom and many other great acts. Costume contests will include the popular “Best Dressed Santa” and the memorable “Hottest Mrs. Claus” awards.
Tickets (to this 21+ event) are now available online at www.runningofthesantas.com. General admission tickets are $15, VIP tickets are $45 and Premium Package tickets are $125.
“Running of the Santas” started in 1998 in the streets of downtown Philadelphia when 40 close friends decided to suit up in holiday décor 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 California to the shores of New Zealand.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards benefiting two charity organizations: the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation and Philabundance. The mission of the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation is to provide assistance to families who struggle to care for a loved one suffering from leukemia. Philabundance was established in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should ever go hungry. Philabundance is completely funded through voluntary donations and is the region’s largest hunger relief organization.
Source: The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)