The Great Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk 2013

Princes Street Gardens - Sunday 8th December 2013


  • West Princes Street Gardens, by the Ross Bandstand
  • Sunday 8th December 2013 at 11am
  • Click to Register or call Margaret Rowarth on 01357 529950


    Find out more about Princes Street Gardens

    Edinburgh Pre-Race Information for Entrants

    Santa Run Terms & Conditions


    Click here to register online

    Register for the Edinburgh Santa Run



    West Princes Street Edinburgh

    Once more Scotland's fundraising Santa's will run, walk and stroll around West Princes Street Gardens, which is spread over a short 2km circuit, The Great Edinburgh Santa Fun Run is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family, whilst raising money for a deserving cause When You Wish Upon A Star.  And you don't have to be a runner to take part.

    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.

    The route is accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Children in push chairs and dogs are allowed. Prizes will be given for the "Best Decorated Push Chair" and

    "Best Dressed Dog for Christmas."


    Entry £15 Adults £15 (12yrs and over) includes Santa Suit to keep;

    Junior £7.50 2yrs to 11yrs includes an Elf Hat to keep

    Infant Free below 2 years old includes Elf Hat to keep


    Please note there is a minimum sponsorship of £20. This does not include the entry fee.



    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 in the grounds of West Princes Street Gardens which is the larger of the two tracts of green space (the other being East Princes Street Gardens) that run 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. 

    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. There will be a tent for pre - registered Entrants and a tent for on the day registrations


    Race Start 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

     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 near to Princes Gardens a cafeteria and refreshment Kiosk to purchase food and drink.


    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.



     Please bring your sponsorship form to the registration desk. Alternatively for a quick and easy way to get people to sponsor you, send them a link after you have set up a Just Giving page. Any cheques must be made payable to When You Wish Upon A Star/


    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, or Like ‘When You Wish Upon a Star' on Facebook alternately follow us on Twitter for any updates or advice on race status.


    The entry fee is non-transferable and non-refundable (see terms and conditions on website)



    We look forward to seeing you on the day!

    Register for the Edinburgh Santa Run

    Manual Entry Forms cannot be accepted after the 2nd December 2013