the annual festival pilgrimage of costumed holiday revelers through the streets of downtown New Orleans, is bigger and more celebratory than ever. The eight annual fun “run” starts at Manning’s and ends at Generations Hall this Saturday in the Warehouse District.
The holiday extravaganza, kicks off with holiday food and specialty drinks from 3 to 6 p.m. at the “South Pole” located at Manning’s at 519 Fulton Street. At 6 p.m., the crowd of Santas will begin the five-block “Fun Run” to the “North Pole” located at Generations Hall at 310 Andrew Higgins Dr. followed by the city’s largest holiday costume contest at 8 p.m. Registration for the event opens at 11 a.m. on the day of the event at Manning’s, but registration is available now online.
New Orleans’ most vibrant holiday tradition calls for “runners” from all over the Gulf Coast to don their most creative Christmas attire for a chance to win the treasured “Best Holiday Costume” award. Event organizers are expecting more than 4,000 costumed participants this year donned as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Jack Frost, Old Man Winter and more. Last year’s “Running of the Santas” attracted thousands of revelers from across the South to the streets of downtown New Orleans to participate in the most unique and craziest Christmastime event.
The much-anticipated holiday costume contest with some of the most outlandish Christmastime outfits in town begins at 8 p.m. on the main stage at Generations Hall, and will be judged by local media celebrities. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.
Category 6 and Paris Avenue will headline this year’s “Running of the Santas” post-run concert. Category 6 will rock the Christmas event at Generations Hall from 8:30 - 10 p.m., and Paris Avenue will ignite the crowd from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
General admission and VIP tickets to the “Running of the Santas” are now available at runningofthesantas.com. VIP tickets include free draft beer from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Manning’s and an open bar at Generations Hall. New details concerning the New Orleans “Running of the Santas” will be released via Facebook at facebook.com/runningsantas and on Twitter @RunningSantas