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Sat December 9, 2023 Bethlehem, PA 18018 US Directions



9:00AM EST

Candy Cane 5K

9:00AM EST

5K Walk

9:00AM EST


430 E. Broad St.
Bethlehem, PA US 18018


Voted the Number 1 Themed Race in the Lehigh Valley according to The Lehigh Valley Running Scene, the Christmas City Classic 5-Miler and 5K will challenge you on the racecourse and send your Christmas Spirit soaring! The Christmas City Classic has been around for over 30 years, a long-standing tradition in the running community! Most of our runners dress in Christmas colors or costumes, which add lots of merriment to the races. With a fun course, a festive race T-shirt,  post-race refreshments included.  We’re sure you’ll be calling this event one of your most favorite running events during the most wonderful time of the year! Come and join us in December 2023!

Race Information

Event Date: December 9, 2023

Location: YMCA, 430 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Event Times: 9:00 AM

Parking is available at the YMCA:  We just ask the runners use the lower parking lot leaving the upper parking lot for our members

Packet Pickup

  • Please Note: Packet Pickup has changed locations this year! It will take place at The Center Lehigh Valley Church - 529 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Parking is accessible next to the church and packet pick-up will take place inside the east entrance to the church (lobby facing E. Broad St.).
  • Friday, December 8, 4:30-6:30 PM – Packet Pickup
  • Saturday, December 9,  7:00-8:45 AM – Race Day Packet Pickup

Dogs and Baby Strollers:

  • Sorry, dogs are not currently permitted to participate.
  • Yes, you may use a baby stroller. Use caution and be safe. If the temperatures are too cold or the path is snow-covered, we recommend leaving junior at home.

LIVE results will be available on your phone immediately as you finish at


Chip Timing for both 5K runners and walkers

Beautiful T-shirts for pre-registered runners and walkers.

  • The option to add T-shirts will be closed two weeks prior to the event (11/28/23). Those that do not meet this deadline will instead receive a Christmas City Classic Mug, while supplies last. 

Post-race refreshments and snacks.

Christmas music at Start/Finish

Christmas Costume Contest!

Awards and Age Groups

If you place either top 2 overall (female or male) in the 5 mile or 5k event, or top 3 in the age groups for the 5 mile or 5k event:

  • The awards table will be next to the PA system at the finish line. All you will need to do is to either:
    • Present your printed result finish that can be done at the results laptops at the finish line, or,
    • Go to and find your age group placement in your event. Then, show this to the crew at the awards table - they will give you your award!

Age Groups for Both Races:

  • 14 and under
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65+

COSTUME CONTEST– We will be observing individuals and groups in costume throughout the event. We will select two individuals and one group (up to 4 people) to win nice FCA swag-bags. We will do our best to announce award winners prior to the end of the race.

Course Information

The 5K course will be the same course as used in previous years for the Candy Cane 5K. We will have volunteers offering course guidance as well as marked course signs.




Race Contact Info

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