Edinburgh, spot the running Santas this weekend - all you need to know

ARE you ready to dress as Santa and run for charity? You are? Then it’s ready, steady... Ho! Ho! Ho!

Record numbers of runners have signed up for this year’s Edinburgh Christmas Charity Festival fun runs on Sunday 8 December in Inverleith Park. More than 1200 runners will run the 5k and 10k events, creating a river of runners across the city.

The Christmas Charity Festival which runs on both Saturday and Sunday includes a number of popular events which are now firm favourites in the Edinburgh Christmas calendar.

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Activities kick-off with the Stockbridge Christmas Santa Parade at 10 am on Saturday which starts at Saunders Street.

Led by the Stockbridge Pipe Band and followed by the Tunnocks Classic Van, Santa and his Cairngorm reindeer will lead revellers through the streets to Inverleith Park - everyone is welcome to join in and follow Santa.

Saturday will also see the 51st Edinburgh Christmas Walk at 11.30am, a 10k walk which includes a 10k stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, along the Water of Leith, through Stockbridge and Comely Bank before ending in Inverleith Park.

And for the little ones, the Santa Toddle on Sunday offers the chance to walk with Santa and his reindeer before visiting him in his grotto. Entry to the walk is free via www.greatscottishevents.org.uk

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And don’t miss the reindeer in the park throughout the weekend in their special pen.

Organiser Terry Crossley comments, “The Christmas Charity Festival is all about celebrating Christmas in a traditional way for families and charity-raising-running Santas alike.

“The Festival raises much needed money for various charities and also offers people the chance to enjoy some community spirit.

“ We are excited to be supported by local pipe bands, school children and residents, as well as our visitors from abroad. It promises to be another great, festive weekend.”

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Late entries are welcomes of the fun run, so don that Santa.

For more details visit www.greatscottisevents.org.uk