Gold baubles and 1,778 lights hang above Oxford Street in celebration of Christmas and the busy shopping street is closed to cars on 6th November 2016 for the Christmas Lights turning on ceremony. A well-known celebrity is usually given the honour of flicking the switch - last year it was pop princess Kylie Minogue - and there are lives performances from singers, pop stars and the cast of a West End musical, if the format of previous years is followed. Details for this year's event have yet to be revealed.
Christmas Lights in London
Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN
Tube: Bond Street Station
Dates: 06th November - 31st December 2016
Carnaby Street, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1F 7DN
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 10th November - 31st December 2016
Themed around the spirit of the 1960s, this year, the inspiration for Carnaby Street's Christmas Lights comes from the V&A's groovy exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution. The Christmas Lights will once again be launched during their annual Christmas Party this year, which takes place on Thursday 10th November 2016. The party sees over 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars offer a 20% discount to ticket holders - tickets are free but you must register online. As well as the discounts, there's also DJs, live music, complimentary food and drinks, a pop-up bar and plenty of street entertainment. Carnaby Street always boasts fun and quirky decorations, with oversized robins and snowy moustaches among previous offerings, so you can expect an outlandish showcase.
Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 4LY
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 12th November - 23rd December 2016
Duke of York Square, a lovely pedestrianised area just off Sloane Square, gets in the festive spirit with a day of free activities to mark the first time its Christmas Lights are lit up at 5pm on Saturday 12th November. The all-day annual event is a fun and festive family occasion, with entertainment, carolling and the switch-on itself at 5pm. The 12th November also marks the arrival of Father Christmas to his grotto. He'll be residing in his grotto where children can hand over their wish-lists and have a picture with him.
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 15th November - 02nd January 2017
The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill Covent Garden's famous Piazza with song and dance before the Sugar Plum Fairy herself officially switches on the Covent Garden Christmas Lights on Tuesday 15th November 2016. The covered market and surrounding area are filled with Tchaikovsky's notable score to The Nutcracker as the decorations - including over 45 mistletoe chandeliers and 80,000 pealights - are lit up. Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas, with mistletoe for the romantics and a LEGO installation for families.
Marylebone High Street, , Marylebone, London, W1U 5HD
Tube: Baker Street Station
Dates: 16th November - 01st January 2017
Wednesday 16th November sees the Marylebone Christmas Lights switched on, with a number of live bands and fun fair rides adding to the festivities. Comedian and actress Jennifer Saunders switches on this year's lights while a 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, live music and surprise guests from the West End.
Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 17th November - 31st December 2016
A modern take on the 1954 Regent Street Christmas Lights, this year's scheme - named 'The Spirit of Christmas' - pays homage to the earliest Christmas lights display in London. The largest scheme ever embarked on by Regent Street, the lights will be switched on by Holly Willoughby and include 16 large Spirits with a 17-metre wing span and 15-metre train of lights stretching behind. For the first time, the lights will form part of a wider scheme that runs the length of Regent Street, across Piccadilly and into St James's, with complementary schemes across Jermyn Street and at the newly-completed St James's Market. A fireworks display marks the moment the lights are switched on. Traffic-free for the occasion, the street has a great, festive atmosphere and the lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.
St Martin's Courtyard, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9AB
Dates: 17th November - 31st December 2016
St Martin's Courtyard, a pedestrianised, pretty shopping district in Covent Garden, reveals its new Christmas Lightson Thursday 17th November 2016. To celebrate the lights being switched on there's a night of music, complimentary drinks, shopping discounts, offers and in-store experiences. Live music comes from gospel choir, Urban Voices Collective, and jazz/soul vocalist, Izzy Chase, who has supported Ellie Goulding and Rod Stewart. Shop for less at stores like Barbour, Blow Ltd, COS, Jack Wills, L.K. Bennett and The White Company, and enjoy special in-store competitions and activities at Bill's, Cycle Surgery, Jamie's Italian, relax, Suda, Swarovski and The East India Company.
Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD
Dates: 17th November 2016
See the Seven Dials Christmas lights installation being launched and wrap up your Christmas shopping early this year with the Seven Dials festive Shopping Evening on Thursday 17th November. The Christmas lights this year bring a forest full of creatures - including a fox, bear, wolf and owl - and the streets are traffic free for the occasion. Get 20 per cent off in over 60 stores, enjoy food and drink offers and on street activities. The night is completed with live music from 10-piece brass band the Old Dirty Brasstards, free wreath making and a pop-up winter bar on Earlham Street.
Beautiful lights brighten up the Fitzrovia area throughout the 2016 festive period.
Fitzrovia, , London, W1W 5NB
Dates: 17th November - 24th December 2016
The Fitzrovia Christmas Lights will brighten up the skies above Charlotte Street, Goodge Street, Maple Street, Fitzroy Street and Tottenham Court Road from the 17th November. Children from the children's ward at UCL Hospital will congregate around the Christmas tree at the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road, with one child given the privilege of pushing the plunger at 4pm to switch on the lights. Throughout the evening there will also be special discounts from the shops in the area, including Habitat, Hotel Chocolat and Planet Organic.
The central London marina boasts London's first-ever floating Christmas tree.
St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA
Tube: Tower Hill Station
Dates: 24th November - 18th December 2016
Central London's only marina, St Katharine Docks, has a packed Christmas schedule for 2016. A highlight will be an impressive floating 45ft Christmas tree, which, from 24th November, will twinkle for all of London to see with 14,000 Christmas lights. On the hour every hour the tree will come alive with sparkling lights while the rest of the dock will shine bright too. Further to the spectacular tree and light display, the Docks will also have a Christmas cinema, screening festive classics on a floating pontoon, and a Christmas market, offering everything from seasonal food and drinks to gifts and crafts. Santa's reindeer family Twinkle, Snowdrop and Holly will be there on the 16th December while live performances will come from Capital Concert Brass Band on the 16th and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on the 17th.
Trafalgar Square's giant Christmas tree is a festive must-see.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Dates: 01st December - 05th January 2017
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 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 even 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. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.
Live music, street performers, carol singers and Liz Hurley help to turn on the lights.
Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7PN
Tube: Green Park Station
Dates: 08th December 2016
Elizabeth Hurley will be turning on the Christmas Lights at Shepherd Market on Thursday 8th December when there will be a host of entertainment including live music, dancers, street performers and carol singers. The surrounding boutiques, brasseries and pubs that make this one of London's 'hidden gems' will be staying open late for a night of mulled wine, mince pies and merry making. Little people haven't been left out - there's fun for children with a treasure hunt and Santa's photo booth where they will have their Christmas wish granted.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party
Duke of York Square Christmas Lights
Covent Garden Christmas Lights
Marylebone Christmas Lights
Regent Street Christmas Lights
St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
Seven Dials Christmas Lights and Shopping Evening
Fitzrovia Christmas Lights
St Katharine Docks
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Shepherd Market Christmas Lights
Christmas in London 2016
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
Christmas Events and Attractions in London
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
London Christmas Shows & Pantos
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Santa's Grottos in London
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
Christmas Day Dining in London
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