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Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Get in the festive spirit with this unique take on a Christmas 5k. 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.

How to enter the Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Christmas Lights Running Tour route

The route begins at Covent Garden, the heart of London's festive illuminations

From there, you will run through the streets of the capital marvelling at the lights of Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Seven Dials, Oxford Street, Trafalgar square and many more places you may not be familiar with.

After 80 minutes of festive fun, the run will end at Oxford Circus Station.

The Merrily Medium is for people who are comfortable running 5k in 10-11 minute miles. If you would like to do this event at a slower pace, please check out the Gentle Jingle 5k event.

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
  • Digital photos
  • A history loving guide
  • Small groups
Raceday Logistics

The run will begin at 1800.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand so the group can set off on time.

Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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.


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. However it can be difficult to accommodate your pace if it is wildly slower than the pace you and the rest of the runners on your tour have signed up for.

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.

Gentle Jingle (if you're comfortable running 5k in 12-13 minute miles)
Merrily Medium (if you're comfortable running 5k in 10-11 minute miles)

Please note that the above groups are available on several different dates throughout December, so if you can't make one, check out the other dates on Let's Do This.

Is there a longer version of this event?
Yes! There are plenty of 10km versions of this event which in the past have been the most popular of this series.

Christmas Lights Running Tour weather forecast

Rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

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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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