Las Vegas Great Santa Run Returns Downtown With Rousing Crowd

Confetti flies as Santa runners begin their 5k run at the 17th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas. (Opportunity Village)

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run returned for its 17th season to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 4th, to a rousing crowd of nearly 5,000 attendees and 200 pets.

Special guests included the official Grand Marshals, Chippendales, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, SEXXY The Show’s Gabriella Versace, Lorena Peril and the cast of Fantasy, the OV Elvi, Rialcris from WOW–The Vegas Spectacular, FIT4MOM, Kat and J-John from KATz Fitness Body Blast and more!

“The Las Vegas Great Santa Run was a spectacular event and it couldn’t have been put on without so many amazing individuals and groups in this community,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our sponsors, volunteers, performers, and registrants for helping us raise critical dollars and awareness for the people we serve here at Opportunity Village.”

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, presented by Circle K, featured entertainment, contests, and both a 5k and 1-mile course allowing festive Santas to run and walk in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Opportunity Village. Festivities kicked off at the Fremont Street Experience at 8:00 a.m. and concluded in the Llama Lot after-party that featured a variety of food trucks, vendors, and live entertainment!

Opportunity Village’s very own all-Elvis singing troupe, The OV Elvi, performs on stage at the 17th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Opportunity Village.

Still interested in participating in the Las Vegas Great Santa Run? People are still able to register and complete the race virtually through Sunday, Dec. 26.

And for those extra competitive Santas — or rein-dogs — the Pet Costume and Fundraising contests are still up for grabs, so be sure to enter! Virtual runners or contest participants can share their experience on social media, tagging the Las Vegas Great Santa Run pages and using #LVSantaRun. Registration, packet shipment, and additional contest information can be found at

Nearly 200 pets registered for the 17th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas, many of which participated in the nonprofit’s Pet Costume Contest Photo Credit: Opportunity Village.

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