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Dress up in your festive best for this Christmas running festival through Edinburgh. Runners new and experienced, young and old will enjoy these picturesque races around Inverleith Park. Come for the festive costumes and browse the numerous stalls after the race.

Review summary

5 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


"Little muddy track for 0.5 k but a fairly flat route and nice atmosphere!..."


"I think it all went to plan and wouldn't change it at all...."


Joe H
"It was primarily running on sidewalks which can get narrow with a lot of people..."
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How to enter the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run

  1. 10K

    Run 10km
    Event passed
  2. 5K

    Run 5km
    Event passed
  3. The Santa Toddle

    Run 1km
    Event passed
  4. The Edinburgh Christmas Walk

    Run 5km
    Event passed

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Event Details

What’s Included
Special prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male & female runners. All runners have place and times recorded.
Raceday Logistics
Saturday 7th December 2019

Start time - 11.30am

Entertainment -
Saturday 1st December Inverleith Park
Next to the main marquee and again under cover is the stage and entertainment area. Live music featuring well; known choirs and groups will perform throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Santa’s Groto -
Open 10.45am Saturday 5.30pm Sunday 09.30am 5.30pm
Many people describe the grotto last year as probably the best Santa Grotto in Edinburgh. The Forrest Craft Santa Grotto was one of the star attractions.
Becoming a volunteer is a fun, rewarding and a memorable experience where you can meet new friends and get some great experience. As a volunteer, you will be giving up a few hours of your time to make a real difference – supporting, cheering and helping those who are striving to complete their amazing charity challenge. Together it can all make a difference to others.

If you’re already signed up to the challenge – why not volunteer your friends and family to join you! You may not have been able to persuade them to sign up, but by volunteering they’d be contributing to the whole of the event and would be part of your challenge in a very special way.

Join our team
As a volunteer with Great Scottish Events your journey starts with an invitation to an open day before the challenge, to learn all about what lies ahead – the different roles available, and the skills and personalities we are looking for. We are ideally looking to work with volunteers on a longer term basis – and we have many exciting and varied challenges and plenty of opportunities throughout the year to become involved with us.

Invitation to an open evening
Chance to meet the team and understand the behind the scenes of a large challenge
A choice of shift hours, at different locations
You tell us what type of role you would like to carry out
Choose your hours to suit you
FREE event t-shirt – so you look part of the team!

What sort of roles are available?
The role you will be placed in on the walks will very much depend on your preference and also any previous experience – however a challenge of this nature is dynamic, fast moving and you might be given a number of different roles during the event – these can range from:

Pre and Post Event – help with set up, pack goodie bags, set up the Charity Festival and assist in final clear up.
Pace walkers & Marshalls – along the route in support of our runners/walkers.
Finish line cheerers – handing out medals, goody bags and hugs!
Drivers – and mini buses for sets of tired legs and volunteers!
Medics / Nurses – fixing feet, massaging muscles, holding hands
Hospitality staff – looking after rest stops – looking after walkers
Charity Marquee staff – help keep tidy and support stallholders
Timing & tracking team – logging times using our tech equipment at rest stops
Entertainment – Musicians, bands or choirs who would like to be involved to create a Christmas atmosphere
Much, much, more!
Why volunteer?
Great Scottish Events volunteers are highly valued, bringing positive energy and fun to our events – and most crucially supporting our challengers when they need it most. For many who volunteer with us it is a highly rewarding experience – some have friends and family on the challenge and want to be part of the event, others are perhaps looking for experience within the challenge and events world before taking on more responsibility themselves; others do it because they just love it!

Experience across a wide range of event management
Looks great on your CV – if looking to work in the events management industry
Rewarding experience – helping others achieve their goals
Make new friends – you will be part of a bigger team, of like-minded fun people
Many more possibilities of other volunteering roles and work with Great Scottish Events
Apply to be a volunteer!
If volunteering with us on the Christmas Charity Festival or any other challenge we organise sounds like something you would be interested in exploring further. Then please contact us on [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run start?
The 5k run starts at 9.30am and the 10k run at 11am
Is the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run family-friendly?
Absolutely. There are various catering facilities and a Santa's Grotto to keep everyone entertained!
Where can I find results for the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run?
Head to to view your results post race.
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Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run weather forecast

Light rain until evening.

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Meet the organizer

Great Scottish Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company. We’re here to help organisations stage exciting, demanding and professional fundraising events, with participant satisfaction guaranteed. And it’s all about the fundraising, all of our events have a primary purpose of raising as much money as possible for the event charity. Over the years we have assisted charities raise more than £12 Million for their own good causes!

Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run reviews (5)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Nope, the race was well organised and signposted
  • Did the 10K in 2018

    It was primarily running on sidewalks which can get narrow with a lot of people around but was still a lot of fun.
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Great race, with a great friendly atmosphere
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Little muddy track for 0.5 k but a fairly flat route and nice atmosphere!