Tickets are now available for the Running of the Santas, which will bring an estimated 3,000 participants dressed in festive costumes to downtown New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 13.

The holiday block party will kick off at 3 p.m. at the “South Pole” at Barcadia, 601 Tchoupitoulas St. At 6 p.m., the crowds will embark on a seven-block “fun run” to the “North Pole” at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, where Category 6 and Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform.

The award for the best holiday costume will be awarded at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and available at A portion of the proceeds will benefit That Others May Live Foundation, which provides scholarships, family counseling and aid to surviving children of United States Air Force Rescue Heroes who died during a rescue mission.