8 Totally Festive Knoxville Christmas 5k Fun Runs

This Christmas, grab your silliest holiday clothes and hit the town for a festive Knoxville Christmas 5k or fun run. You are free to walk or run at any of these family-friendly events, which means all fitness levels can get in on the action.

With a variety of daytime and nighttime options, you are sure to find your perfect race below. If you choose an after-dark event don’t forget your glow sticks. And of course, keep your eyes peeled for the gorgeous Christmas lights that you’ll pass along your route.

Of course, these events are only one of the many ways to have fun in Knoxville this Christmas.

Santa holding a race number for a Knoxville Christmas 5k

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Knoxville Christmas 5k Fun Runs

1. Light the Way 5K

November 11, 2022
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
$50 per runner

Walk or run through the stunning Christmas lights display at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event.

Runners are permitted 2 laps around the park while walkers only get 1. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the decor. Proceeds will benefit Knoxville Track Club.

2. Moon Run 5k

December 1, 2022
Victor Ashe Park, Knoxville
$25 per runner

Bring out your glow stick for a fun night of running for charity. The proceeds from these events go towards Wallace Memorial Curch’s Lottie Moon Christmas offering.

3. Cove Lake Christmas Dash

December 3, 2022
110 Cove Lake Lane, Caryville
$10 – $20 per runner

Walk or run the course in your quirky Christmas attire at this fun and festive 5k.

4. Jingle Bell Run

December 10, 2022
World’s Fair Park, Knoxville

Break out those hideous Christmas sweaters for this holiday fun run benefiting the Arthritis Foundation

5. Santa Hustle

December 11, 2022
Downtown Sevierville
$60 – $70 per runner

This silly Christmas fun run will help you get into the holiday spirit.

6. Elf on the Shelf 5K + 1-mile Kids’ Run

December 17, 2022
Central High School Knoxville
$10 – $35 per runner

Run with Santa Clause and the Grinch at this fun Christmas 5k that is perfect for both kids and adults.

7. 12ks of Christmas + Reindeer Relay

December 17, 2022
949 N. Broadway, Knoxville
$35 per runner

This is a relay-style Christmas run with 3 legs.

8. Rockin’ Santa Half Marathon + Christmas 5K

December 17, 2022
Victor Ashe Park, Knoxville
$45 – $50 per runner

Break out your Santa hat and head over to this qualifying Christmas run.

Did we miss your favorite Knoxville Christmas 5k? Please send us the details so we can add the event to this list.

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Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

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