It’s ready steady ho ho ho for Santas

Hundreds of Santas will turn the centre of Stafford in to a sea of red when they dash around the town to raise money for charity.

People are being urged to sign up to the ‘Santa Dash’ which takes place on Sunday 7 December.

Entrants will be kitted out in traditional Father Christmas costume and every budding St Nick will get a special medal when they complete the mile long run around the town centre.

The course will be similar to the route used for the extremely popular ‘Fun Run’ earlier this year. Around 300 Santas took to the streets for last year’s dash.

The event is being organised by the Town Centre Partnership (TCP) along with Stafford Borough Council. Many shops in the town will be opening especially on the Sunday in support of the event.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at the borough council, said:

“I’m sure people will be pleased to know that the dash is on this year and I hope we have more Santas both young and old signing up to take part.”


The race starts at 12.30pm with suit collection and registration between 11am and 12 noon.

The entry fee in advance will be £10 for an adult and £7 for children between six and 12 years old, with a £3 fee for youngsters under six year olds. It will cost £1 extra to sign up on the day. All will get Father Christmas attire of jacket, trousers and hat – with grownups also having beard and belt. Little ones will be given a Santa hat and medal.

People are able to enter online at or collect a form from the Civic Centre, Stafford. All entries must be returned by Tuesday 25 November.