Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Christmas Lights Running Tour
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Jingle all the way through London's magical Christmas lights with festive tunes pumping as you go-ho-ho on a magical guided running tour. These Secret London Runs tours are running all through November and December at various paces - see below for more dates and paces available.
5k and 10k
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Sat, 16 Dec 2023
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Craven St, London WC2N, UK
Start times
Saturday, 16 Dec 2023
5k: 4:00 pm10k : 4:30 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Christmas Lights Running Tour
Route information
The tour starts and ends next to Charing Cross station - where you can make the most of the facilities prior to the tour.
Led by a Christmas-loving guide from Secret London Runs, you'll make your merry way in a small group of similar paced runners, through the very best of London's Christmas lights, trees and window displays. Festive tunes will be playing as you make your way from the start at Charing Cross through all the main displays in Mayfair and London’s West End - including Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Seven Dials and the spectacular trees at Somerset House, the Connaught, Trafalgar Square and beyond. They are called Secret London Runs, so the exact route, and all the festive sights along the way, are kept under wraps until the night.
You and your group will stop briefly at each of the main displays for photos and you’ll even be treated to a little festive history and information about the lights at each stop.
Allow 2 hours for the 10k experience - and a little over 1 hour for the 5k. We stop regularly and briefly so you can take in the beauty of the lights and get photos in the best festive spots.
Pace and Dates
The 5k and 10k tours are running from late November all through December. Each date has a guide pace to keep you in your comfort zone and this varies each night. This tour is available at a "gentle jingle pace", "merrily medium pace" and "walk/run intervals" for the 10k, and at "merrily medium pace" for the 5k. Take a look at the dates and paces below, and book onto one of the many other dates availableExternalLink if this isn't the right one for you.
Please select the pace that you usually run at:
Festively fast: for those who usually run sub-10 minute miles (you usually run 10k in under 1 hour).
Merrily medium: for those who usually run 10-12 minute miles (you usually run 10k in just over 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes).
Gentle jingle: for those who usually run 12-13 minute miles (you usually run 10k in 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 20 minutes.
Walk/run intervals: "jeffing" - you'll be mixing up short intervals of gentle jogging with walking. You'll aim for a 1 minute of jogging to 30 seconds of walking ratio, but will work with the group to make sure everyone is comfortable on the night.
Walk-Run Intervals
Wednesday 13th December - 7pm
Saturday 16th December - 5:30pm
Gentle Jingle
Friday 24th November - 7pm
Sunday 26th November - 4:30pm
Wednesday 29th November - 6:30pm
Sunday 3rd December - 4:30pm
Monday 11th December - 6:30pm
Saturday 16th December - 4:30pm
Monday 18th December - 7pm
Thursday 21st December 6:30pm
Merrily Medium
Sunday 26th November - 6pm
Thursday 30th November - 6:30pm
Sunday 10th December - 5:30pm
Tuesday 12th December - 7pm
Saturday 16th December - 5:30pm
Tuesday 19th December - 7pm
Festively Fast
Sunday 26th November - 5:30pm
Friday 8th December - 6:30pm
Tuesday 12th December - 7pm
Rest assured, no one gets left behind on our tours. We run at the pace of the gentlest runner among us.
What's included
  • Christmas-loving run guide
  • See all the main lights displays in the West End and Mayfair
  • Festive tunes as you go-ho-ho
  • Loads of photo ops
  • Snack at the finish-line
  • 2 hours of free bag storage
How to get there
Craven St, London WC2N, UK
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Public Transport
The start and finish location is conveniently right next to Charing Cross station. Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Embankment tube stations are all within a 7 minute walk of the meeting point.
Event day logistics
16:00 Merrily medium pace 5k begins
16:30 Gentle jingle pace 10k begins
17:30 Merrily medium pace and walk/run intervals 10ks begin
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the tour start time above. When you book you'll get an exact location for where to meet. Please make sure you've used the facilities at Charing Cross station before starting the tour.
Secret London Runs customers get 2 hours free storage (subject to a small booking fee and storage charge beyond 2 hours) with Luggage Hero who have luggage facilities all over London (and many within a couple of minutes from Charing Cross Station), allowing you to leave a warm coat and layers in the dry whilst you run. When you sign up, you'll get a code to use. Please arrange prior to arriving at your tour.
When the tour starts you’ll follow your guide through all the main lights displays in London, stopping for photos and information along the way.
The tour ends at Charring Cross after about 2 hours (approx 1 hour for 5k tour) but please allow at least an extra half an hour if you’re booking trains and restaurants.
Where does the Christmas Lights Running Tour start and finish?
The tour starts and ends on Craven Street, next to Charing Cross station.
Will we stop at the lights on the Christmas Lights Running Tour?
Yes - there will be plenty of opportunities for you stop to admire the lights and take photos. The guide will also give you a little bit of festive history!
What do I need to bring with me for the Christmas Lights Running Tour?
You need to bring your ticket on your phone (a paper copy isn't needed) and water if you usually run with it. Wear warmer clothes than you usually would for a run of the length of your tour, as there will be numerous stops along the way. Of course, Christmas fancy dress is highly recommended.
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