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Christmas Lights in London

 
 
 
 
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Regent Street Christmas Lights
Christmas at Kew
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Chelsea Christmas Lights
Eccleston Yards: Chromotherapy Christmas
Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party
 

 

With them going up earlier and earlier every year, London's Christmas lights and decorations extend the magical festive period. From traditional and classy to quirky and in-your-face, they illuminate much of central London and are an essential part of Christmas in London.

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights

750,000 LED lightbulbs illuminate the capital's most famous street.

Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 5th November to 31st December 2019

 

They're usually the first London Christmas Lights to be switched on but the details on the 2019 Oxford Street Christmas Lights have yet to be announced. We'll update you as soon as we know the official date. What we do know is that Oxford Street is a headline act on London's Christmas lights line-up. It typically has 750,000 LED lightbulbs illuminating the capital's most famous shopping street. The night the lights are switched on, the Oxford Street stores join in the celebrations, offering discounts, giveaways and special events. There's live music - nine piece New York Brass Band played on the roof at John Lewis last year - fun activities and a celebrity to switch on the lights.

 
 
 

Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party

Illuminated underwater scenes highlight the need for conservation in our oceans.

Carnaby Street, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1F 7DN

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 7th November 2019 to 1st January 2020

 

Sustainability is at the heart of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights this year, an ocean scene with every element made with recycled and reusable materials. The illuminated underwater seascape has been created from repurposed fishing netting, more than 500 metres of post-use bubble wrap and over 1,500 recycled plastic bottles, reused to make fish and bubbles. Cotton fabrics and over 100 litres of water-based eco-friendly, vegan paint have also been used for the installation, created in collaboration with ocean conservation charity, Project 0. The Christmas lights are switched on at 6pm during the Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party on Thursday 7th November 2019 which sees over 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars throughout the 14 streets around Carnaby offer discounts and special in-store events. As well as the discounts there are DJs, live music and plenty of on-street activity. Tickets are free but you must register online in advance.

 
 
 

Marylebone Christmas Lights

Music and fun fair rides add to the festivities on the first night.

Marylebone High Street, , Marylebone, London, W1U 5HD

Tube: Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 13th November 2019 to 1st January 2020

 

The Christmas Lights shine over Marylebone High Street from Wednesday 13th November, with live bands and fun fair rides adding to the festivities on the first night. Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which also includes live music performances on the main stage on Devonshire Street by children from local schools, professional solo artists and musical groups. They usually get a starry celebrity to switch on the lights - previous years have seen the likes of Jennifer Saunders, Sophie Dahl and Barbara Windsor do the honours. In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, shops in Marylebone - which has a wonderful village atmosphere - are offering 24 immersive 'Merry Marylebone Moments', treating shoppers to exclusive in-store discounts and promotions, talks, workshops and seasonal drinks on winter terraces.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

This year promises to be a special one as 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Regent Street.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 14th November to 31st December 2019

 

With 2019 marking the 200th anniversary of Regent Street, the ceremony marking the Christmas Lights switch-on will be a big celebration this year. Even in an average year, the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street has a great, festive atmosphere when the Christmas lights are switched on. Regent Street goes traffic-free for the official turning on of the lights and the Spirit of Christmas Theme returns, with a fleet of spectacular large-scale 'spirits' with widespread wings soaring over the street and along St James's. The display, designed by leading British lighting creatives, James Glancy Design, takes inspiration from the street's original lights display back in 1954 and features over 300,000 twinkling lights, making it the biggest display in the capital.

 
 
 

Chelsea Christmas Lights

New decorative lights take inspiration from the crown of King Charles II.

Sloane Square, 1 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd November to 31st December 2019

 

For the first time, Christmas lights will adorn the King's Road as part of the Chelsea Christmas Lights which illuminate Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road, Sloane Square and Sloane Street. New displays will see decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, who famously restored Christmas to the nation following Oliver Cromwell's ban on festivities. On Saturday 23rd November, Santa and friends are joined by real reindeer on Duke of York Square and you can get a free horse and carriage ride in the street. There will be wreath making classes, chestnuts roasting, carol singers and performers across the neighbourhood before the lights are officially switched on by the man in red and his 'special helper', plucked from the crowd, at 5pm. In addition, on Saturday 7th December, Chelsea hosts a special shopping event with restaurants and bars offering exclusive offers, treats and surprises. Father Christmas can be spotted around the area and entertainment is laid on.

 
 
 
 

Eccleston Yards: Chromotherapy Christmas

Light and colour to improve your wellbeing: 500 orbs are suspended over Eccleston Yards this winter.

Eccleston Yards, Eccleston Place, London, SW1W 9NF

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 28th November 2019 to 11th January 2020

 

A rainbow of 500 colourful orbs, each with a different vibration, lights up Eccleston Yards this winter. Suspended over the pedestrianisedcourtyard, they're part of 'Wave', an illuminated light installation created by immersive artists Squidsoup, which helps create a calming energy balance for the visitor. The wellness aspect is in keeping with the ethos of the neighbourhood which is home to drop-in meditation studio Re:Mind and Hotpod Yoga. Using light and colour to balance energy in the body and mind, each orb activates a different area. The orange orbs, for example, affect the body, yellow spheres stimulate happiness while the blue lights calm the heart rate. Enjoy the lights with warm festive drinks and snacks from the pop up bar, open from 4pm to 10pm daily.

 
 
 

Christmas at Kew

More than a million twinkling fairy lights and a flickering fire garden light up Kew.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 20th November 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

After dusk in winter a mile long path at Kew Gardens is lit up by more than a million twinkling fairy lights, giant light sculptures, hundreds of shining petals, gigantic flower pots and light projections on the Palm House for Christmas at Kew. Each year they add different light installations so even if you've been before - and it has become an annual tradition for many Londoners - there's something new to see. Stop by the singing holly bushes, pass under the tunnel of light and feel the glow of the flickering fire garden. You can also stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the route, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare. If you want to sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner you can enjoy a feast at Kew's Botanical restaurant.

 
 
 

Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland

Enjoy a unique guided walk in the 600-year-old gardens.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 1st December 2019

 

The beautiful oaks trees and gardens at Syon Park are illuminated in spectacular fashion once again this winter. Adding a significant veil of mystique to the festive season, the magical event invites visitors to enjoy a unique guided walk in the 600-year-old gardens of 16th century Syon House. The trail leads you around the lake - where the shapes and textures of the ancient trees are reflected in the water - and past intriguing corners of the estate, finishing at the Great Conservatory, all of it shining under different lights - from lasers to candles. The shadows and magic of a frosty winter's night make this an ideal opportunity for photographing the forest in a unique way. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advised and hot refreshments are available on the night.

 
 
 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

The glorious Norwegian Christmas Tree has been a gift from the people of Oslo since 1947.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 5th to 25th December 2019

 

Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square receives a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends) a different choir gathers there to sing carols and raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. Passers-by are welcome to come and listen to the carols in the square and join in the festive cheer. Nelson's Column is decorated with Norwegian white lights and the tree is illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January. A few days after the official lighting of the tree there's a torch-lit procession on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, as the choir and clergy bless the Crib in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.

 
 
 
 
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