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Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Get in the festive spirit with this unique take on a Christmas run. 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.

Christmas Lights Running Tour routes

This Christmas Lights 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.

10k:

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.

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.

*If you don't feel you can run at the Merrily Medium pace, it is advised that you change to the Gentle Jingle events so you can enjoy the sights more.

The 10k tour ends at Notting Hill Station.

The Gentle Jingle

This is for people who are comfortable running 10k in 12-13 minute miles.

The Merrily Medium

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

The Festively Fast

This is for people who are comfortable running 10k in 9 minute miles.

5k:

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

On this expertly-planned (and brand new) route, you'll marvel at the lights of Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Bond Street, Marylebone, Baker Street and many more places you may or may not have heard of.

The 5k Tour ends at Baker Street 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 comfortable mixing short intervals of jogging with walking.

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.

16:30: Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland 5k Start

17:00: Gentle Jingle 10k Start

17:30: Merrily Medium 10k Start

18:30: Festively Fast 10k Start

(Approx.) 17:30: Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland 5k Ends

(Approx.) 19:00: Gentle Jingle 10k Ends

(Approx.) 19:30: Merrily Medium 10k Ends

(Approx.) 20:30: Festively Fast 10k Ends

Kit List

Get dressed in your best Christmas clothing!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are there in each group?
There will be no more than 10 people per pace.
Will I be able to keep up?
Runners are asked to sign up to the group that they are most comfortable with, so you should be grouped with runners of a similar pace. See Course Details above for information on speeds. If you aren't sure which pace you should choose it is advised that you air on the side of caution and choose the slower pace. This allows a more enjoyable run and gives you more time to see the sights.
What if I can't run a 10k?
There is also a 5k event available on this date.
What are the Junior tickets?
Junior tickets allow anyone U18 accompanied by an adult to participate in the 5k tours too.

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Running tours and events in London. We'll show you a side of London that most people will never see. Thousands of people join our themed running tours every year to uncover London's hidden past, catch up with friends, meet new people and work up a sweat.

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