2013 “RUNNING OF THE SANTAS” MEGA FESTIVAL NOW THREE WEEKS AWAY
The Hottest Costume Inspired Christmastime Event Benefits Local Charities on December 7
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 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 premier holiday extravaganza 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 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 “Coolest Santa” and the memorable “Hottest Mrs. Claus” awards.
Tickets to the 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 the FOP Lodge #5 Survivors Fund. 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. The FOP Lodge #5 Survivors Fund was established to provide financial and emotional assistance to the family members of Philadelphia police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.