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Top 12 Christmas lights in London

Celebrate the most magical time of the year as London Christmas lights sparkle over the festive season.

From the twinkling Oxford Street Christmas lights to the beautiful decorations illuminating Covent Garden and the shimmering spirits on Regent Street, don't miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas

Last year, the locations listed below hosted some of London's top Christmas lights. Most switch-on events usually take place in November – check back later in the year for confirmed locations and details of London's best Christmas lights in 2020

Christmas at Kew

Explore a twinkling mile-long trail with Christmas at Kew. Look out for dazzling immersive installations, take a selfie surrounded by thousands of pea-lights and watch the spectacular finale light up the Palm House, before warming up with mulled wine and mince pies this Christmas in London.

Winterfest at Wembley Park

Drop by Wembley Park for a quirky Christmas lights decorations during Winterfest. Lose yourself in a playground of immersive light installations, from Burning Man's Sonic Runway and a giant LED Christmas tree, to a lineup of multi-sensory artworks from across the world.

Carnaby Christmas lights

Snap one of the capital's coolest areas glowing with a quirky underwater-themed display during the Carnaby Christmas lights. Spot a bubble-blowing whale, glittering sea creatures and more ocean-inspired decorations made from sustainable materials above Carnaby's 14 streets, which are filled with independent boutiques – perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping!

Coal Drops Yard Christmas lights

Visit Coal Drops Yard while illuminated with a Northern Lights-themed installation this Christmas in London. Pose with friends underneath the colourful lights and explore the forest of flocked Christmas trees. Afterwards, shop for gifts from the area's trendy stores or join a Christmassy craft workshop.

Regent Street Christmas lights

Experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End alight with a seasonal sparkle. See the return of the magnificent spirits glittering above the entire length of Regent Street and its surrounding streets, while hunting for luxury gifts and London Christmas ornaments.

Seven Dials Christmas lights

Head to Seven Dials’ pretty cobbled streets for its annual Christmas lights display. Full of hidden gems, quirky boutiques and eclectic eateries, the neighbourhood's installation has a Starry Night theme. Marvel at more than 650 giant stars, which give an extra twinkle whenever a charity donation is made by the simple tap of a card.

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

Take a stroll around St James's and Piccadilly to discover a picture-pretty Christmas lights, inspired by the statue of Anteros – the Greek god of requited love. Afterwards, continue the seasonal fun by popping into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping, sipping a festive tipple at The Ritz or visiting the area's life-sized stag sculpture made from recycled materials.

South Bank Christmas lights

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Southbank, London

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Stroll along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Browse the wooden chalets at Southbank Centre's lovely Winter Market, catch a performance of Circus 1903 or surround yourself with 200 glowing lights as part of Squidsoup's Insta-worthy installation. 

Explore the capital's picture-perfect Christmas markets and find plenty more festive things to do this Christmas in London.

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