Join the Nichols Improvement Association as we present the 32nd holiday classic, on a scenic rolling hill 5K course through the heart of the Nichols community, with one of the best race finishes in Fairfield County.

Walkers are welcomed to participate in a our newly introduced walk on the rolling hills of Nichols. Stroll, walk, push the kids...everyone is welcome!

COVID PROCEDURES: As we prepare for our 32nd run, our plan is for a normal 5K in-person event complete with post race food, beverages and awards; however, we realize this may not be possible and must be ready to pivot. This could include modifications to ensure a safe event (i.e. staggered start, sealed water & pre wrap snacks, reduced/fast awards- no big ceremony, masks on prior to start & after finish, etc) or following whatever COVID restrictions as determined by the state. Worst case - we could be required to go 100% virtual - like last-year. Just BE READY & patient as we make our way through 2021.


We will keep this site updated and let all pre-registered know what’s going on. If we are forced to go virtual please understand we can’t refund your registration. We pay non refundable deposits on some items and buy food and fluids, shirts, bibs, pins, etc., in advance. If you are uncertain about your participation in the race, please delay your registration. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility ... Yes costumes/festive attire are still encouraged!


Proceeds help support community events & maintaining our property, ball fields,
community playground & the Starkweather House.


JINGLE BELL 5K, Health Walk & Virtual Race
$30 - Pre-Registered Only


Jingle Bell Jr. – Kids 1/3 mile “Fire to the Finish” - FREE!

Recommended ages are 6th grade and under. It's a non competitive, festive atmosphere where EVERY kid is a winner!

Participants should meet at the Nichols Firehouse on Shelton Rd by 8:45am

EARLY BIB PICK-UP (Times subject to change)
Thursday 12/2 6pm - 9pm
Friday 12/3 from 3:30 - 9pm
Saturday 12/4 7:30am - 10m prior to race start

YES, you can pick up for other people- we encourage that to save time and stress!

Long-Sleeve Holiday T-Shirts

(Guaranteed to 5K & Health Walk registrations on or before November 19th. After November 19th, while supplies last)


Food & refreshments prior to and at the conclusion of the race.


Awards (TBD)

Overall Male & Female Champions and Age Group Awards for male & female - three deep (1st, 2nd, 3rd) placements for 9 & under, 10-12, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+

7:30 AM - Bib & Shirt Pickup (NO Walk-ins allowed)

9:00 AM - Jingle Bell Jr. starts in front of Nichols Firehouse on Shelton Road
Participants should meet at the Nichols Firehouse on Shelton Rd by 8:45am

9:15AM - Jingle Bell 5K Run - staggered start

10:30 AM - Awards Presentation & After Party (TBD)


To become a sponsor, or with any Jingle Bell Run questions, Contact Us