Holiday season is here.

Christmas lights and decorations adorn almost every store window in Los Angeles. But for those longing for something more unconventional to beat the picture-perfect predictability of the Christmas season, the city of Burbank has something up its sleeve. Children and adults alike will head over to a local store and try on a Santa Claus costume for an event that provides not only a unique way to welcome the holiday season but also the opportunity to participate in the more charitable side of the Christmas holiday.

Kick off the Christmas season early with the Variety Santa Fun Run. Santa impersonators can don red suits and fluffy beards and use any preferred mode of transportation on two legs to spend their Saturday travelling around Johnny Carson Park on Bob Hope Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The international phenomenon which takes place in countries such as Australia and Portugal, heads over to the Burbank park in the hopes of not only getting together a considerable amount of people fully clothed in Christmas suits, but also raising a solid $15,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California. The organization strives to help children in various levels of need, whether they are neglected, abused or otherwise in need of outside support. Although this is the first Santa Fun Run in the L.A. area, the people at Variety envision it as a yearly happening.

Adults pay $25 to participate while the little ones pay $15. The event also includes some free perks – food, entertainment and activities for the kiddos to enjoy while parents trek around in a Santa suit. So get your jolly attire on and get ready to raise some money.



For more information, visit varietysocal.org.