Home for the Holidays is Swarthmore’s annual holiday tradition featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from Santa Claus and fire truck parade, dreidel games, a West African dance circle with Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company, strolling singers from Media Chamber Chorale, The Nutcracker Ballet, and so much more! Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, December 4. 

The day will also feature the Frosty 5K Run/Walk through the streets of Swarthmore on the morning of December 7. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or come dressed up as a snowflake, elf, or jolly old St. Nick!  All early-bird registrants will receive a tote bag to commemorate their participation.

Photo by Andy Shelter Photography.

 REINDEER Dash 1-Mile Run/walk

Horse-drawn carriage rides

Home for the Holidays is made possible through the generous support of our local business community and event sponsors, who help make Swarthmore an exciting place to live, shop, and invest! 

​Saturday, December 4

The Reindeer Dash 1-mile run/walk is the kick-off event for Home for the Holidays.  The course will commence and conclude at the Swarthmore Methodist Church (129 Park Avenue). 

Race day registration and check-in will open on Saturday, December 4 at 7:45 am. The race will start at 9:00 am. Entry fees include: 

  • Early Bird = $25 
  •  After November 30 = $30
  • Children age 10 and under are free, but are required to register with parent/guardian
  • Swarthmore College students free (student ID required)

Dressing up in any winter holiday gear/apparel is 100% encouraged! The first 100 registrants will receive a tote bag to commemorate their participation. And if you're a hardcore running enthusiast, don't worry...the race will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Running Company!

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We are pleased to offer advance ticket sales for the Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, which start and end in front of Bryn Mawr Trust.  Provided by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company, tickets are $10 per passenger. Ticket price includes free face painting by Stacey's Face Painting

Each carriage holds a total of 6 passengers.  Small children and babies are counted towards a carriage's capacity - even if seated in a lap - and are required to purchase a ticket.  No exceptions will be made by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company.  

Go to this Sign Up Genius link to purchase your timed ticket.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation.  Latecomers will only be served if time and availability permits. No refunds or cancellations.  

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Photo by Andy Shelter Photography