It’s already become a highlight of Dundee’s festive season.
And organisers are ho-ho-hoping that the second annual Santa Dash will attract even more support.
Hundreds of people dressed in red suits will soon take to the streets to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.
Furniture and carpet company Gillies has been announced as the official sponsor of the event, which is also backed by the Evening Telegraph and Wave FM.
The Santa Dash returns to the city on December 2 and will again raise money for The Archie Foundation, the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee.
Garry Smith, events and promotions officer for organisers Leisure and Culture Dundee, said: “The Archie Foundation helps everyone in the city.
“Everyone knows a kid that has been helped at some point by the children’s hospital.
“It’s such a worthwhile cause – and this year we’re hoping to get about 1,000 Santas – last year we had 700.”
It is hoped the event will raise at least £8,000 for The Archie Foundation this year, having raised £5,500 last year.
The race will follow a 2km route through the city centre, starting and finishing in City Square.
Garry added: “It’s a great way of raising money and a great cause. The atmosphere is amazing.
“You can walk, run or jump. Some kids have been on skateboards before and many wheelchair users will be taking part.”
The Archie Foundation’s Tayside Appeal is aiming to raise £2 million for a new children’s operating theatre suite.
Director of communications Linda Isles said: “We’re delighted that we have been chosen again this year – we’re beyond chuffed.
“We’re hoping even more people will sign up this year. It worked really well for us last year.
“Everyone had a great time because the weather was great and the atmosphere was fabulous.”
Gillies started supporting The Archie Foundation in 2016 when the store raised funds for the charity through a Christmas shop window display.
Managing director Ian Philp is also the Tayside Fundraising Committee chairman of The Archie Foundation.
Ewan Philp, marketing director at Gillies, said: “Every year we choose one charity for our Christmas display.
“The display is for kids and The Archie Foundation supports children, so we thought the two would go hand in hand.
“We’re going to enter a team this year and we’ll also be helping out with registration.”
Ewan said the Santa Dash is a particularly special event because it’s something that the whole family can enjoy.
He added: “It’s all really good fun and it’s a family-friendly event as well.
“You can push a buggy or you can bring your dog along.
“The Archie Foundation is a good charity to support because it keeps funds local.
“It also helps sick children in Tayside at a time when they probably need it the most – Christmas.”
Bookings can be made online or in person at Central Library, Olympia or Dundee Ice Arena where Santa suits can be collected right away.
For more details go to leisureandculturedundee.com/santadash.