Christmas Lights in London

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Christmas at Kew
 

 

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

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

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 7th November to 31st December 2017

 

Rita Ora (who has just announced a new UK tour in 2018) switches on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights on Tuesday 7th November, helped by X-Factor's Matt Terry and boy band 5 After Midnight. With Oxford Street closed to traffic, you'll also be treated to a 1940s, New Orleans-themed jazz performance from Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The whole mile of Oxford Street is covered in a blanket of bright white lights - this year's scheme is inspired by falling snow flakes - with 1,778 baubles and 750,000 LED bulbs lighting up the length of the street. The twinkling lights brighten up the street for the whole of the festive period and help to raise money for charity. NSPCC is partnering with the event for the second year running, joining forces with Sky Cinema to raise money for Childline.

 
 
 

Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 9th November to 31st December 2017

 

Always fun and often off-the-wall, the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights are launched with a big Christmas Party with discounts in the shops and DJs spinning the tunes. The party, which takes place on Thursday 9th November 2017 this year, sees over 100 fashion brands - including the new three floor Sweaty Betty Flagship store - restaurants and bars throughout the 14 streets of Carnaby offer a 20% discount to ticket holders. Tickets are free but you must register online in advance. As well as the discounts there are DJs, live music, complimentary food and drinks, a pop-up bar and plenty of street entertainment. In previous years Carnaby Street's Christmas decorations have given us oversized robins, snowy moustaches and groovy letters of 'LOVE' in lights, so you can expect an outlandish showcase.

 
 
 

Piccadilly Christmas Lights

Piccadilly's first-ever dedicated light display and the largest in the West End.

Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1J 0DA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 14th November to 25th December 2017

 

This year sees Piccadilly treated to its first-ever dedicated Christmas lights display. With the switch on taking place on Tuesday 14th November, the display will be the West End's largest ever Christmas light scheme. Created by James Glancy Design Ltd, it will feature a series of dramatic, large-scale figures inspired by the statue of Anteros - the Greek mythological god of requited love - that has stood in Piccadilly Circus since 1983. The frames of five figures will be covered in sparkling white LED lights and hung high above Piccadilly.

 
 
 

Bond Street Christmas Lights

Bond Street, Oxford Street, London, W1S 2YF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 9th November 2017 to 1st January 2018

 

The one million pound Bond Street Christmas lighting scheme is dedicated to the dapper gentlemen who used to frequent this street in the late 1700s. Over a quarter of a million elegant lamps displayed as glorious white peacocks hark back to an era when Bond Street was the haunt of 'The Bond Street Loungers' also known as the 'peacocks' of their day. Well known for its collection of designer shops, expensive jewellers and historic auction houses, Christmas is certainly the time of year to see this polished street's friendlier side. Many of the shops in the street lay on entertainment or give away bubbly and festive snacks on Thursday 9th November, the night the Christmas Lights are turned on.

 
 
 

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 14th November 2017 to 1st January 2018

 

The covered market at Covent Garden and the surrounding area is filled with 40 mistletoe chandeliers - each between 2.5 and 3.5 metres in size - and around 100,000 pea lights. 2017 sees the return of the magnificent reindeer statue on the East Piazza, a massive Christmas tree and over 320 metres of garlands running between the chandeliers. Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas, with mistletoe for the romantics.

 
 
 
 

Marylebone Christmas Lights

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

Tube: Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 15th November 2017 to 1st January 2018

 

Actress and local resident Barbara Windsor officially switches on the Christmas lights on in Marylebone High Street on Wednesday 15th November, with live bands and fun fair rides adding to the festivities. 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 including the Rock Choir. In addition to the lights Cabbages and Frocks Market will also be open selling everything from scented candles and designer jewellery to vintage fashion and Christmas cards. There's fun for all the family with Santa, snowflakes and reindeers and live music.

 
 
 

Seven Dials Christmas Lights & Shopping Evening

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 16th November to 9th December 2017

 

See the Seven Dials Christmas lights installation being launched and get your gifts wrapped up for free at the Seven Dials festive shopping evening on Thursday 16th November. Surrounding shops are getting in the giving spirit with over 70 stores offering 20 per cent off on the night. You can also enjoy live music by mega choir Some Voices, free wreath making on Earlham Street where the Nordic Bakery will be handing out free glog, free gift wrapping on Neal Street as well as free street food tacos by Monmouth Kitchen. In addition, the Seven Dials Loves Christmas pop up shop at 37 Neal Street hosts workshops throughout the festive period, including cracker rolling, bauble calligraphy, wreath and cocktail making workshops.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th November to 31st December 2017

 

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, which is hosted by Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton with performances by Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. The Spirit of Christmas Theme from last year returns, reimagined with new colours and additional touchers. The display takes inspiration from the street's original lights display back in 1954 and will feature over 300,000 twinkling lights, making it the biggest display in the capital.

 
 
 

Christmas at Kew

Singing trees, laser beams and a fire garden light up Kew.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2017 to 1st January 2018

 

A chorus of singing trees, a giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. In 2017, for the first time the great broad walk borders form part of the trail, transformed by hundreds of shining petals and gigantic flower pots. After dusk, Kew Gardens is lit up by giant light sculptures, a fire garden and light projections on the Palm House. Stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the way, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare.

 
 
 

Christmas at St Katharine Docks

Poirot actor David Suchet switches on the lights on Thursday 23rd November.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 23rd November to 15th December 2017

 

Central London's only marina, St Katharine Docks, has a packed Christmas schedule for 2017. A highlight will be the switching on of the lights on Thursday 23rd November which this year is done by Hercule Poirot himself, actor David Suchet. Approximately 14,000 Christmas lights will twinkle over the docks and a floating Christmas tree will come alive with sparkling lights. Further to the spectacular tree and light display, the Docks will also have a Christmas cinema, screening festive classics on a floating pontoon. Plus there's a Christmas food market on two consecutive Fridays, 8th and 15th December, offering everything from rum hot chocolate to seasonal street food with the Capital Concert Brass Band and the City Chamber Choir performing live from 12noon to 2pm.

 
 
 
 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

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

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

 

Dates: 7th December 2017 to 4th January 2018

 

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.

 
 
 

Magical Lantern Festival

Santa and his Reindeers are lit up in lights at the magical festival.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 24th November 2017 to 1st January 2018

 

Good news for those who love a festive light show. The Magical Lantern Festival is returning to Chiswick Gardens and this time its here for Christmas so, naturally, Santa and his Reindeers are taking part - appearing both as a lantern and in his grotto. Taking the idea of Chinese lanterns to the next level, these 50 or so giant lanterns include seasonal additions - two metre high snowmen and penguins on a glacier - as well as Noah's ark with life size giraffes and zebras and a magnificent giant lantern recreation of an ancient city from the Song Dynasty. In addition to the lantern trail there's entertainment, a bar, food and drink area, not forgetting Santa's Grotto and fairground rides for children.

 
 
 

Enchanted Woodland

The magical walking tour returns for another year.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 10th to 26th November 2017

 

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. The trail leads you around the 18th century lake - where the shapes and textures of the ancient winter trees are reflected in the water - and past intriguing corners of the estate, all of it floodlit to maximum rainbow effect. 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.

 
 
 
 
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