Winter Lights 5k

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Registration Information

Online Registration for the 2023 race is now OPEN

Add Running of the Pilgrims 5K (Thanksgiving Day) when you register for the Winter Lights 5K and save $10.

Important Dates & Times

​Race time:  When the tree lights go on, the race begins.

Please be at the starting line no later than 6:15pm

The race will begin between 6:15-6:30 pm.

On-site registration CLOSES at 6:00 pm on 12/1


Race Details

The race will start at the intersection of Court Street and Howland Street.  The finish line is located at South Russell Street in front of town hall.


Add the Running of the Pilgrims 5K during your Winter Lights registration and save $10.  Running of the Pilgrims takes place on Thursday, November 23rd beginning at 7:30am from Plymouth Rock.  Special pricing offer is available through Monday, November 20th.


Long sleeve tech shirt for Winter Lights participants who are registered by the end of the day on November 12th

Winter hats for the first 1,000 people registered for Running of the Pilgrims

The town Christmas tree will now be located on the front lawn of town hall so you will be finishing at the tree.

Bib Pickup


Parking information for the  event can be found at:  Remember that the race is taking place in conjunction with the Christmas is Historic Plymouth event.  There will be a lot of people in Downtown Plymouth.  Carpooling is recommended.

Remember, the race  will be run in the dark.  There will be lights along the way but each participant is required to run with a flashlight or headlamp to ensure they are visible to traffic.  Please remember this very important item as we will not be able to let anyone start that does not have a light source with them (your cell phone flashlight app is acceptable). You are also encouraged to wear reflective gear.

YES, you can have someone else pickup your bib for you and NO, you do not need a photo ID for pickup.  Please be sure to bring your registration confirmation with you to pick up.

​We will not have a water stop on the course.  If you would like to have water while you are running please be sure to bring a bottle or hydration pack.  Water will be available at the finish line.

Post Race Party

Winter Lights Post Race Holiday Party

John Carver Inn

Carver Room

25 Summer Street, Plymouth

Tickets are $10./person and can only be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30pm.  Payment can be made using cash, credit card, check or Venmo.  Children 5 & under are FREE.


Awards will be presented at approximately 7:45pm at the post race party at the John Carver Inn 
Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female
1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female in the following age groups:  
10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

​Walkers Welcome
No dogs please

If you plan to have dinner please be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

​Not running but still coming for the lights, the run and the post race festivities in Plymouth to kickoff the holiday season???  We are looking for volunteers.  If you have an hour or so before you get your evening started, we’d love to have your help.  Volunteer registration coming soon.

Christmas in Plymouth

​The race takes place in conjunction with Christmas in Historic Plymouth hosted by Plymouth Kiwanis.  The event includes lots of families, a parade, hayrides, marching bands and the arrival of Santa to turn on the Christmas lights on the town tree.

The parade, arrival of Santa and tree lighting take place BEFORE the race.  Please remember that not everyone is there for the race, there are small children that are just there to see Santa and the Christmas tree.​

2023 Schedule of Events

Parade Route

The parade route will begin at the Plymouth Center of the Arts located at 11 North Street.  The parade will travel North Street to Court Street, take a right on Court Street and finish in front of Plymouth Town Hall located at 26 Court Street.  Santa will light the tree, join back up with his vehicle, travel south on Court Street, take a left on North Street and finish at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.


NEW Course Map

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