Location: Newtown, Wales
Date: First or second Sunday in December
Level of participation: 5 – run as though you’re late for Christmas
What better way to start the silly season than doing something really stupid in a Santa suit while trying to earn a place in Guinness Book of Records. On the Santarun, thousands of people slap on a jolly-red Santa suit and run a 7.2km course around the Powys town. It’s a fairly flat route, but it is complicated by the fact that you’ll be running around wearing a furtrimmed, belted suit (this doesn’t stop the winners clocking up times of little more than 18 minutes).
Organised by local charity Dial a Ride, it was first run in 2001 with 500 Santas, and has quickly become an annual attempt at Guinness fame. Flashing up your Santa suit is encouraged, with an award on the day for the best-dressed Santa.
Essentials: Registration for the run closes one week before the event. Children over seven years of age can run if accompanied by an adult. There’s a mini-Santarun for children younger than seven.
Local attractions: Wander a section of the Severn Way, Britain’s longest river hiking trail (360km), which passes through Newtown.
See other festivals in December here.