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.

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

Santa holding a Knoxville  Christmas 5k race number with green trim

Knoxville Christmas 5k Fun Runs

1. Light the Way 5K

November 10, 2023
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, 2023 @ 6 p.m.
Victor Ashe Park, Knoxville
$25 per runner

Bring out your red and green glow sticks 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 2, 2023 @ 8 a.m.
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. Reindeer Run

December 3, 2023 @ 12:30 p.m.
Maryville Greenbelt Amphitheater

This Christmas fun run will have both a 5k and a 1-mile fun run. All runners will receive festive Christmas shirts and various prizes will be awarded.

The 5k registration fee is $38 for adults & $28 for kids. The 1-mile run costs $20 per runner. Discounts are available for early registration.

5. Jingle Bell Run

December 9, 2023 @ 9 a.m.
World’s Fair Park, Knoxville

This holiday fun run benefits the Arthritis Foundation. There is a $45 registration fee which includes a t-shirt and a set of jingle bells.

6. Santa Hustle

December 10, 2023 @ 9 a.m.
Townsend Visitors Center

All racers will receive a Santa Hustle zip sweatshirt and a fleece headband with ear protection. The registration fee is $80, but there is a $50 early bird special if you sign up before November 17th.

7. Rockin’ Santa Half Marathon + Sunshine Santa 5K

December 3, 2023
Victor Ashe Park, Knoxville

Be sure to wear your Santa hat at this qualifying Christmas run. Regular registration fees are $125 for the half marathon and relay race, $70 for the regular half marathon, and $45 for the 5K.

Discounted pricing is available if you register before December 2nd.

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

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