Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run Hits Its Stride Saturday

The popular race that winds its way through Venice and the Boardwalk is sold out.

The 36th annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run 5k and 10k runs will wind their way through Venice and Santa Monica, including a stretch of the Venice Boardwalk Saturday. This year's race events are sold out.

Street closures for the race are as follows:

  • 6–11 a.m.: Pacific Avenue between Navy Street and S. Venice Boulevard (with some openings at selected times, see below)
  • 6–10 a.m.: S. Venice Boulevard between Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard
  • 6-10 a.m.: Abbot Kinney Boulevard between S. Venice and Washington boulevards.

The event, which got its start in 1977, is a popular event with many racers running in costume. Judging takes place at 10 a.m. Awards are given in the following categories: 

  • "Christmas Spirit Award" for Best Christmas Themed Costume
  • "Santa's Little Helpers Award" for Best Dressed Group of 5 people or more
  • "Most Original Award" for the Most Original Costume

An event expo is held from 7-11 a.m. at the finish line in Santa Monica.


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