Two very different holiday 'runs': Ugly Sweaters and Running of the Santas

Guests at Running of the Santas in 2012. (Teresa McCullough /

Both are not for the faint of heart.

The Running of the Santas at Finnigan’s Wake – Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.

Running is a very small part of the annual Running of the Santas. The Philadephia-born bar crawl has grown into a national holiday with versions popping up in Boston, Chicago, DC, New Orleans, and even in sunny Key West. 

In Philly, the day typically beginsat 9 a.m. (and lives) at Finnigan’s Wake – aka the “South Pole". At 11 a.m., doors open just blocks away at Electric Factory – the “North Pole,” a second spot for Santas to hangout for the daylong drinking fest. At 4 p.m. the “run” will travel from Finnigan’s Wake to the Electric Factory where the party continues “til the beer is gone.” There will also be live performances from Tonic, Go Go Gadjet, Split Decision, and more.

You must be 21+ to attend this event; tickets range from $15-30 (prices will increase for VIP packages).

Check out photos from the 2012 Running of the Santas.


The Ugly Sweater Run at Fairmout Park – Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Ugly Sweater Run is an actual run. This 5k encourages participants to wear their ugliest holiday garb for the sake of the season.

The 3.1 mile trek invites runners and walkers of all skill levels and ages to join in the joy. Every mile, beginning at the starting line, there will be festive holiday-themed stations strewn throughout the course: holiday music, decorations, photo hubs, and hot chocolate stations. When the race is complete, adults can enjoy their choice of Sam Adam’s Winter or Boston Lager or an Angry Orchard Hard Cider and kids can sip on delicious hot cocoa. Following the race, awards for "Best Real Mustache", "Best Fake Mustache", "Best Beard", "Worst Sweater", and "Best Sweater" will be given out.

Registered runners are asked to bring a new toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots. Registration prices range from $34-50; kids under 8 are free.