Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Festival of Lights 5K

San Marco Square

Saturday, December 3, 2022

1 Mile starts at 5:00 PM | 5K starts at 5:30 PM

About This Race

Join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Jacksonville on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for the 26th Annual Festival of Lights 5K and one-mile fun run. Luminaries will light up the streets of beautiful San Marco as runners, walkers and strollers of all ages and abilities take off during this unique, holiday-themed race. All proceeds from this event benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Register today to provide UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital with much-needed funding for the purchase of life-saving equipment, telehealth services and resources they need most to care for local kids


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit dedicated to saving and improving the lives of as many children as possible by raisings funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.  All funds raised through the CMN Hospitals program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia support UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Jacksonville's Largest Holiday Festival

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

Covid-19 Safety Guideline

We will follow CDC guidelines that are in place at the time of the event. Please be aware, the pandemic is not over and the Delta Variant is creating a surge in COVID-19 cases in our area. Wave starts will be used. Masks are highly encouraged at packet pickup and around the start, finish and post-race areas. Social distancing will be enforced. Updated guidelines will be included in your race instructions.

Festival of Lights 5K and One Mile Fun Run

Race Features

  • 1 Mile Fun Run
  • 5K Run/Walk/Stroll
  • Finisher Medals
  • Race shirt to all participants
  • Jingle bells for your shoes
  • Holiday Music
  • Chip timing for 5K run/walk
  • Course will be lit with luminaries
  • Water station at the half way point
  • All miles will be marked
  • Digital clocks will be located at each mile
  • Course will be totally lit with luminaries
  • Finisher Medals 
  • Awards to top finishers overall and age-group


The 5K  and One Mile will both start on Atlantic Blvd in front of the Southside Baptist  Church.  Please line up based on the pace you plan to run for the entire race.  Place flags will be placed along the side of the starting line.  This is a very large race so please try to start in the proper area to help  avoid congestion. Walkers should start in the back.


The One Mile and the 5K will both finish at the same finish line on San Marco Blvd. in front of 1st Place Sports.  Medals will be distributed as you exit the finish area.

Course Maps

5K Course

1 Mile Course

Entry Fees

5K1 Mile Fun Run
Through October 31st$30$15
November 1st to November 30th$35$15
December 1st to 3rd$40$20
Race Day$50$25

Sorry, We are unable to process refunds or deferrals.

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

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Schedule

Masks are required during packet pickup inside 1st Place Sports stores.  Please try to pick up before race day to eliminate long lines

Packets will be available at your selected (during registration) 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, December 2nd from 10 AM until 6 PM and on Friday December 3rd from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  All unclaimed packets will be moved to San Marco Square on race day and will be available for pickup starting at 3:30 PM.


Custom medals will be awarded to all finishers!

Overall and Age-Group  Awards

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.

Offsite Parking

Due to limited parking around San Marco Square, offsite parking and transportation will be provided from the Baptist Medical Center parking lot located at 1104 Nira Street.  The parking garage is 7 tenths of a mile north of San Marco Square on San Marco Blvd.  Shuttle service will be provided from 4 PM until 8 PM.  Pickup will be on Nira Street in front of the garage with drop-off at the round-about at San Marco Square.  Return pickup will be at the same round-about.  You can use the route below if you would like to walk to or from the parking garage.


Sponsoring the Event

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Festival of Lights 5K? Contact Nikki Sabol at for more information.

San Marco Merchant's Holiday Magic

After you finish the race, stick around for Holiday Magic until 8:30 PM.  A free evening of entertainment filled with holiday spirit provided by the San Marco Merchants Association.


  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Miniature train rides
  • Bounce and slide games
  • Mini Touring Cars
  • Stilt walker
  • Holiday Characters
  • Snow machines
  • Free hot chocolate
  • Holiday music throughout the evening
  • Pictures with Santa at the Gazebo