Houston Holiday Fun Runs & Races

If you’re looking to burn a little holiday steam {or some pumpkin pie laden calories}, don’t miss out on these fun runs and races happening in and around Houston all holiday 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 3rd | Start time at 8am}
This fun-filled family event includes both a 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a family after party with games, food trucks, and more! But what makes it super special is that the Trafigura Foundation matches all funds raised, so even if you can’t attend – you can still support the RMHH through an online donation as well!

Reindeer Dash 5k Run/Walk {December 3rd | 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 DPISD students too.

Snowfest Shuffle Fun Run {December 3rd | 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 3rd | First race starts at 9am} 
The 7th Annual Snowball Run in Kingwood features something for everyone this year, 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 adult costumes, a DJ, snowballs from Bahama Bucks, and more.

Candy Cane Fun Run {December 3rd | Starts at 9am} 
Burn off some of those holiday calories and support local schools in the Cypress area with this year’s Candy Cane 5K Fun Run.  Registration is now open!

Rudolph Fun Run {December 10th | First run starts at 7:40am} 
Head over to CITYCENTRE for the 6th Annual Rudolph Fun Run benefitting Firefighters Helping Firefighters! You can register for the Dasher 10K, Rudolph 5K, or Cupid 1K. Costumes are encouraged for this race, and the participant with the best Christmas outfit will win a prize.  And of course, Saint Nick will be in attendance for pictures.

Houston’s 12k of Christmas {December 17th | First race starts at 7:45am} 
Register now for Houston’s 12K of Christmas … and run with Santa Claus himself!   The race will take place at Fish Plaza in front of the Wortham Theater.  The 6k, 12k, and Kids K runs offer medals and t-shirts for the whole family, and of course – don’t forget the beloved costume contest too.

Santa Hustle – 1/2 Marathon & 5k {December 18th | First race starts at 8am} 
Jingle all the way through this fun-filled course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images, and so much more in Galveston. This race is sure to become a family tradition, and it is designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood.  Plus, entry fees include a Santa hat, beard, and lightweight hoodie to wear while running!

And don’t miss these other holiday resources too!

Holiday Events In & Around Houston

Houston Tree Lightings & Holiday Light Displays

Santa Sightings In & Around Houston

The Best Holiday Performances in Houston

Houston Area Christmas Tree Farms

The Ultimate Guide to Houston Photographers 

Holidays of Helping :: Ways To Give Back


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 events around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!

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