The Turkey Trot events may be over, but more holiday-themed runs are filling the calendar for December. We may not be dashing through the snow here along the Gulf Coast, but there will still be plenty of jingle bells, candy canes and reindeer antlers out on the courses of events from Galveston to La Porte.

The holiday running season gets underway Dec. 2 at Friendswood’s Flapjack 5K Fun Run and Walk. Formerly known as the Holiday Hustle, the race still follows a wooded route from Stevenson Park to Fire Station No. 4, but the new name reflects the post-race treat at the park’s gazebo. Advance registration is available at, and race-day registration will also be an option.


On Dec. 8, runners and walkers become part of the Christmas lights landscape at the MADD Jingle Bell Run hosted by the La Porte Parks and Recreation Department. Participants will take to the streets with glow sticks for a family friendly evening run that begins with a Kids K at 6:45 p.m. followed by a 5K at 7:00. Registration is open at


On Dec. 16, the 12K of Christmas comes to Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston for an approximately 7-mile, out-and-back trip down Allen Parkway. A 6K version, clocking in at less than four miles, is also available, as well as a Kids K at 9:45 a.m. After the races, hot cocoa, Christmas carols and an appearance by Santa are planned. Advance registration is required and available at


Galveston’s Santa Hustle on Dec. 17 takes the Christmas theme over the top, providing all participants with a red Santa shirt, hat and fluffy beard. The pack of Santas takes off from Moody Gardens for a half marathon beginning at 7 a.m. or a 5K at 7:15 a.m., with candy cane and Christmas cookie stations along the way. Kids have two options, either the one-mile Rudolph Run at 6:30 a.m. or the 100-yard Santa Sprint at 6:45 a.m. Registration is open at

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