Festival of Lights

San Marco Square
1999 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States

Saturday, December 8, 2018

5K at 6:00 PM | 1 Mile at 5:30 PM | 5K Strollers & Walkers at 6:10 PM


We hope you will join us for Jacksonville’s largest holiday celebration! The Festival of Lights 5K will be held the same evening as San Marco’s Holiday Magic. The 5K and 1 Mile will both start and finish on San Marco Blvd. in the Square. This event will feature:

  • Finisher Medals
  • Carolers
  • Pictures with Santa Clause
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
  • Jugglers
  • Children’s Bounce Games
  • Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers
  • Food & Drinks
  • Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Lots of Christmas Music
  • Bell Ringers
  • The Little Train That Could
  • Jingle Bells for your Shoes
  • Awards for best stroller decoration
  • LED Light Necklace available for purchase during registration

Entry Fees

5K1 Mile Fun Run
Through November 30th$25$12
December 1st - December 7th$30$12
Day of Race$35$12
Runners 65+ & Children 13 & under through November 30th$15No Discount Applicable

Register Now!


» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes the day prior to the beginning of packet pickup. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.


You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our in-store computers.

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, December 6th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, December 7th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for raceday pick up starting at 4:30 PM.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Tapestry Park Store: 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store: 2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073


Custom medals will be awarded to all finishers!

Awards will be presented to the top three men and women overall, the first masters male and female, and three deep in the following male and female age groups: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, and 80+. The awards ceremony will be held in San Marco Square at 7:15 PM. Awards not picked up at the ceremony can be picked up at 1st Place Sports the week after the race.


The 5K and One Mile Fun Run will start on San Marco Blvd., in San Marco Square, south of Interstate 95. The 1 Mile Fun Run will also start on San Marco Blvd and finish at the 5K finish area.

5K Course

1 Mile Course

1 Mile Fun Run

Medals will be given to all children 13 and under in the one mile fun run. There will also be a Kid’s area with many activities.

Luminary Lit Route

The race will be held at night, and the entire 5K course will be lined with luminaries. There will be a water station at the half way point. All miles and turns will be marked. Digital clocks will be located at each mile.


Locally, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for the pediatric programs at UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. You can support the hospitals by purchasing a special “I run for the kids” package including a glow in the dark bracelet and car sticker for $10.00 that can be picked up at the race from the CMN table.