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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.
C-19 Plan
Secret London Runs has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Tuesday 8th Dec 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

How to enter the Christmas Lights Running Tour

  1. 5k - Gentle Jingle

    Run 5km
    £9.50–£22
    Event passed
  2. 10k - Merrily Medium

    Run 10km
    £20–£25
    Event passed

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.

5k:

The Tour

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.

Gentle Jingle

This is for people who are comfortable running 5k in 12-13 minute miles.


10k:

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.

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: Gentle Jingle 5k Starts

19:00: Merrily Medium 10k Start

(Approx.) 20:30: Gentle Jingle 5k Ends

(Approx.) 21:00: Merrily Medium 10k 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.

Spectators

This event is not suitable for spectators.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Junior tickets?
Junior tickets allow U18's who are accompanied by an adult to participate in the 5ks.
How big are groups?
Groups are a maximum of 10 people per pace.
Will I be able to keep up?
Your guide will run at the pace of the slowest runner so that no one is left behind. 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 more information on pacing.
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.

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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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