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Top 8 Christmas lights in London

Celebrate the most magical time of the year as London sparkles with magnificent Christmas lights 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.

The locations listed below feature some of London's best Christmas lights displays which happen every year, with most switch-on events taking place in November.

Check back later for confirmed dates, locations and themes for London's top Christmas lights in 2018.

Carnaby Christmas lights

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Discover an alternative take on Christmas lights with a visit to Carnaby. Always highly original, last year's Carnaby Christmas lights were no different with a fun carnival theme. Check out the quirky light installations while exploring each of the area's 14 glowing streets, which are jam-packed with diverse restaurants and cool independent boutiques for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Oxford Street Christmas lights

Be dazzled by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and admire the seasonal window displays lining the iconic Oxford Street. In 2017, Oxford Street partnered with the NSPCC and supported their Light Up Christmas for Children campaign for the second year. The must-see Oxford Street Christmas lights featured a flurry of falling snowflakes, as well as glittering baubles and 750,000 bright bulbs, along the mile-long shopping street. 

Regent Street Christmas lights

The angels are back on #regentstreet 😇 Time go for Christmas shopping 🥂🎄

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Experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End alight with a seasonal sparkle. Last year saw the return of more than 300,000 lights and magnificent spirits glittering above the entire length of Regent Street and its surrounding streets. Admire the Christmas lights during an evening stroll with a bag of roasted chestnuts, or enjoy the festive display while hunting for Christmas gifts.

Covent Garden Christmas lights

Amble around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, which are transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period. Last year's display welcomed sparkling reindeer, a 16.8m (55ft) Christmas tree and oversized red bows. Marvel at the twinkling Christmas lights illuminating the 19th-century Piazza while picking up stocking fillers from the market. Afterwards, soak up the festive atmosphere with a warming mulled wine in The Opera Quarter as night falls over London.

Piccadilly Christmas lights

Take a stroll along Piccadilly to see the Christmas lights display lining the iconic London street. Last year, Piccadilly glowed with its first dedicated installation featuring figures inspired by the statue of Anteros, the Greek god of requited love. After soaking up the magic of the Piccadilly Christmas lights, pop into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping or enjoy a festive tipple at The Ritz.

Bond Street Christmas lights

See one of London’s most luxurious shopping districts garlanded with spectacular Christmas lights in the run-up to Christmas. In 2017, Bond Street had a dazzling peacock-themed display, sparkling with more than 250,000 lights and plumes of elegant feathers. Once you’ve admired the glow of the Bond Street Christmas lights, look out for the exclusive stores draped in grand decorations and window displays dressed in their Christmas finest.

Shard Lights: Christmas lights show

Watch the skyline light up as The Shard puts on its annual Christmas lights show, which decorates the skies above the capital with sparkles and patterns for Christmas in London. The 2017 festive display built to a dazzling crescendo at midnight, and hosted special shows on opening night and New Year’s Eve.

South Bank Christmas lights

Take a walk along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Experience the Southbank Centre transformed into a Nordic-themed wonderland, browse the wooden chalets for Christmas trinkets and seasonal treats at Wintertime at Southbank Centre, or witness the capital twinkle from above on the nearby Coca-Cola London Eye.

Explore the capital's twinkling Christmas markets, or find plenty more festive things to do with our guide to Christmas in London.

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