Houston’s 2017 Holiday Fun Runs & Races

Looking to burn a little holiday steam … or some pumpkin pie laden calories?  Don’t miss out on these holiday fun runs and races happening in and around Houston all season long.  Hint :: One marathon even has you dressing up like Santa for the run!

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Trafigura Run for the House {December 2nd | First race starts at 8am}
This fun-filled family event includes both a 10K and 5K run/walk/roll as well as a family after party with games, free food trucks, and more! But what makes it super special is that 100% of proceeds benefit the children and families of RMH Houston and up to $300,000 will be generously matched by the Trafigura Foundation!

Reindeer Dash 5k Run/Walk {December 2nd | Start time at 9am}
Head down to Deer Park for a cross country course led by the one and only Rudolph!  All money raised goes straight to families in need this holiday season, and we love that they have discounted race costs for Deer Park ISD students too.

Snowfest Shuffle Fun Run {December 2nd | Start time at 8:15am} 
Runners of all ages and levels are encouraged to join in on this 1.25 mile fun run down in Missouri City! In lieu of a registration fee, participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Missouri City Police Department’s Blue Santa Toy Drive. Plus, free t-shirts will be given to runners while supplies last.

Snowball Run {December 2nd | First race starts at 9am} 
The 8th Annual Snowball Run in Kingwood features something for everyone, including a 5K, 1K, and a kid’s 100 yard dash.  After the race, there will be tons of kids activities, cash prizes for fastest 5k finishers, prizes for the best costumes, a DJ, snowballs from Bahama Bucks, and more.

Rudolph Fun Run {December 9th | First race starts at 7:40am} 
Head over to CITYCENTRE for the 7th Annual Rudolph Fun Run. With multiple race options, there are runs for everyone. Plus, this is truly a FUN run featuring pictures with Santa Claus, face painting, breakfast tacos, and much more.  All runners will receive a long sleeve shirt and medal too!

Candy Cane Fun Run {December 16th | Start time at 9am} 
Burn off some of those holiday calories and support local schools in the Cypress area with this year’s 3.1 mile fun run.  Registration is now open!

Houston’s 12k of Christmas {December 16th | First race starts at 7:30am} 
Register now for this Christmas-themed run that the whole family can enjoy!   This year’s race is taking place at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston and includes t-shirts and finisher medals for the 6K and 12K participants as well as hot cocoa, appearances by old St. Nick and his elves, Christmas carolers, and more holiday fun!

Santa Hustle – 1/2 Marathon & 5k {December 17th | First race starts at 6:30am} 
Jingle all the way through this fun-filled course with candy and cookies, festive music, and an epic after party in Galveston. This race is sure to become a family tradition, and it is designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood.  All 5K & Half Marathon runners will receive a Santa hat and beard, Santa shirt to wear while running, candy cane socks, and a finishers medal.  Plus, there are kid races available too!

Looking for more holiday fun? Don’t miss The ULTIMATE Guide to Holiday Events in Houston below!

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other holiday happenings around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!

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Kelly D
Kelly is the founder of Houston Moms Blog and has lived in this beautiful city nearly all of her life. She has a degree in education from Texas State University and was honored to teach special education for eight years to some of the cutest little kiddos you could ever meet. While teaching, Kelly met Cody – a tall drink of water and country boy to the core – and together, they fell in love, got married, and decided to start a family. In March 2011, they welcomed Hayes into the world, a silly but smart little boy with a story you have to read to believe. And in April 2013, their family was complete with the addition of Hadley, a super gregarious and oh-so-cute baby girl. Now, Kelly devotes her days to caring for her own little ones…and would not trade this new job of hers for the world! In her not-so-spare time, Kelly loves meeting up with her girlfriends for margaritas, failing miserably at Pinterest projects, and exploring this big old city with her two favorite little side-kicks in tow.


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