The Great Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk 14th December 2014

Sponsored by SCOTMID Co-operative

We need your support to join in the festive spirit for wishes!

West Princes Street Gardens
12/14/2014 11:00 am

When You Wish Upon A Star in Scotland are delighted to be able to announce that Scotmid Co-operative are the new title sponsors for this year’s 10th Anniversary of The Great Edinburgh Santa Family Fun Run and Walk 2014, to be held on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 11am in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. This is a real family event where even the family pet is welcome to come along and join in the festivities FREE of charge.

Running Santas Photo

Edinburgh City Centre at Christmas is the perfect place to spend Sunday morning with family and friends or work colleagues, having fun and raising funds for the charity. Your help enables us to continue granting very special Wishes for children living with life threatening illnesses.

To celebrate, we will have a brand new medal which will include the Edinburgh skyline, and have rolled back the entry fee prices to:

Adults (12yrs and over) £10 to include a FREE Santa Suit and a Finishers Medal
Children (5-11yrs) £5 to include a FREE Santa Suit and Finishers Medal
Children (2-4yrs) £2.50 to include a FREE Elves hat and Finishers Medal
Infants under 2yrs FREE

This is also a great team building event with a feel good factor and we would like to invite companies to put together a team and join Scotland’s fundraising Santa’s to run, walk or stroll around West Princes Street Gardens, which is spread over a short 2km or 5km circuit.

Prizes will be given for the ‘Best Decorated Pushchair’, ‘Best Dressed Dog for Christmas’, ‘Best Individual Fundraiser’ and ‘Best Fundraising Company Team’.

santa dog costumesanta baby costume

The event is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family or work colleagues whilst raising money for a deserving cause all money raised from the event goes to When You Wish Upon a Star, which aims to grant the ‘Wishes’ of children throughout Scotland suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Manual Entry Forms cannot be accepted after the 7th December 2014


With our 10th Anniversary being in 2014 we are asking for a recommended sponsor of £20.14 per adult/family entry. Your sponsorship would be very much appreciated, and will go towards granting the Wishes of children throughout Scotland with a life threatening illness.

Please bring your sponsorship form and sponsor money raised to the registration desk on the day. Alternatively for a quick and easy way to get people to sponsor you, why not set up a just giving page and send the link to your family, friends or work colleagues and ask them to sponsor you?

Make a fundraising page - JustGiving

Your Santa Suit/Clothing

Suits and Hats are yours to keep following the event. We suggest that you wear your suit over your outerwear; there are changing facilities at the venue.
 It is advised that an additional belt is brought along to keep the Santa Suit trousers up, to ensure they will stay secure throughout the run. Runners are advised to wear appropriate footwear for running, jogging and walking the routes. Please carry on you an emergency contact number.

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens are a popular and beloved centrepiece to the city. They are the first sight for visitors as they emerge from Waverley Station and provide a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city centre for residents and visitors alike.

The Great Edinburgh Santa run will again be held within the grounds of Princes Street Gardens which is tract of green space that runs parallel to Princes Street in the heart of the city. The gardens were formerly the Nor' Loch, a body of water that provided added defence on the North face of Edinburgh. The famously stinky loch was drained and ornamental gardens put in their place from 1816 onwards.

Facilities & Access

The central city location means the Gardens are highly accessible by all forms of transport. The majority of the city’s bus services pass along Princes Street, Waverley train station (the city’s main railway terminus) is immediately east of the Gardens, and, although there are no car parking facilities within the park, there are many, closely located, pay and display car parks.
Pedestrian access is via street footways to ten gates in the West gardens and eight gates in the East. Although surrounded by main city centre streets, traffic controls and restrictions allow free and easy access to the Gardens.

Santas stretching in the snow photo

Edinburgh Pre-Race Information for Entrants

Check in on the day

Entrants must check in between 9am and 10.30am on the day of the race at Princes Street Gardens, situated near the Ross Band Stand. Race start is at 11am.

Pre- Registered Tent

Please bring along your registration numbers which will be on your confirmation print off. Suits and Hats will be given out on the day from the pre - registration tent between 9am and 10.45am. You can also hand in your sponsor forms and any monies collected.

On The Day Registration

Pre-registration is advisable but if we have places available you will be able to register on the day between 9am and 10.45am, however please be aware that there will be a limited amount of extra Santa Suits and Elves Hats available.


Car parks are located near to the site, please visit the Edinburgh Council's website for full details.

Your Santa suit

We suggest that you wear your suit over your outerwear; changing facilities at the venue are limited.
It is advised that an additional belt is brought along to keep the trousers up, to ensure they will stay secure throughout the run. Please carry on you an emergency contact number.


Lock any valuables away in your car out of view as you have responsibility over your personal possessions.

Warm Up

The Great Edinburgh Santa Run participants are in for an extra special treat this year, Donna Giffen, ' 'UK Zumba® Fitness Presenter and Education Specialist', will be leading the Santa's and Elves through a special Christmas Zumba warm up to ensure they're ready and raring to go! The warm up begins at 10.30am.

Lost Children

The area for any children who get separated from parents will be the pre- registered tent which will be occupied at all times.


There is a cafeteria and refreshment Kiosk to purchase food and drink in West Princes Gardens.

Race Medals

These will be given out at the finish line.


Runners are advised to wear appropriate footwear for running, jogging or walking the routes.

Adverse weather

In the event of adverse weather or other conditions, where the race may be prevented from taking place or delayed, please check the Santa Run website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for any updates or advice on the race status.

The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable (see the Santa Run Terms & Conditions). For more information please email

We look forward to seeing you on the day!