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Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Get in the festive spirit with this unique take on a Christmas 10k. Great for novices and experienced runners alike, the course is a guided running tour of the best Christmas lights in London. Come to wonder at the sparkling lights or to discover some of London's secret Christmas traditions.
C-19 Plan
Secret London Runs has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Wednesday 16th Dec 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

How to enter the Christmas Lights Running Tour

  1. 10k - Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland

    Run 10km
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  2. 10k - Merrily Medium

    Run 10km
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Christmas Lights Running Tour routes

This Christmas Lights Running Tour will see groups of 10 people running around London at its most festive time of the year.

While the route will remain the same, there are different paces available depending on the speed you are most comfortable with.


The Tour

The group will meet at Trafalgar Square (near the fountains), home of London's iconic Christmas Tree.

From there, the group will fly through the streets of the capital and you'll be able to marvel at the famous lights of Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Paddington, Kensington Palace, Bond Street and many more places you may not be familiar with.

The tour will last about 2 hours and finishes at Notting Hill Station.

Each speed falls across different dates throughout the year, so if you can't find the one you're looking for then be sure to check out another date.

Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland

This is for people who are comfortable mixing short intervals of gentle jogging with walking.

Merrily Medium

This is for people who are comfortable running 10k in 11-12 minute miles.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Santa hat
  • Expertly planned route through the heart of the capital
  • Classic Christmas songs played over a loud speaker (sing-a-long optional)
  • Festive snack
  • A history loving guide
  • Small groups
Raceday Logistics

Please arrive in plenty of time to ensure the rest of the group are not waiting for you.

18:30: Merrily Medium 10k Start

19:00: Walk/Running in a Winter Wonderland 10k Start

(Approx.) 20:30: Merrily Medium 10k Ends

(Approx.) 21:00: Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland Ends

Kit List

Festive fancy dress is by no means obligatory but it is highly encouraged and will help you and your fellow runners get into the Christmas spirit.


This event is not suitable for spectators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other speeds available for the Christmas Lights Running Tours?
There are 4 total 10k paces, Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland (comfortable mixing light jogging with walking), Gentle Jingle (Running 10k in 12-13min/miles), Merrily Medium (Running 10k in 11-12 min miles), and Festively Fast (Running 10k in 9min/miles). If the speed you want isn't available on this date, check out some other dates to find the one right for you.
Is there a shorter version of this event?
Yes! There are 5km versions of this event, so be sure to check out other dates on Let's Do This.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your ticket on your phone and water if you usually run with it. Wear warmer clothes than you usually would for a run of this length as there will be a couple of stops throughout the run as the guides unveil London's untold history.
How big are groups?
Groups are a maximum of 10 people per pace.

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