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Top 16 Christmas lights in London 2022

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, see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas

Discover the best London Christmas lights for 2022. The locations below usually host some of London's top Christmas lights, which you can see from November until early January. 

Christmas at Kew

Blue laser-style lights spread out from the Palm House at Kew Gardens at night.
Christmas at Kew © RBG Kew. Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.

Explore a twinkling trail with Christmas at Kew, where you can enjoy dazzling immersive installations, trees bathed in light and a spectacular finale lighting up the Palm House. Finish off the enchanting experience with a warming mulled wine and mince pies this Christmas in London. 16 Nov-8 Jan

Oxford Street Christmas lights

Christmas lights above Oxford Street, London, at night
Christmas lights on Oxford Street. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Be amazed by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and admire the seasonal window displays across Oxford Street. This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights brighten up the skies above the famous street with rows of sustainable shining stars. From 2 Nov

South Bank Christmas lights

Colourful lights illuminate the riverside walkway of Southbank Centre
Winter Light at Southbank Centre. David Ogle, Loomin, 2020. Image courtesy of David Ogle.

Stroll along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Admire Winter Light (10 Nov-8 Jan) art installations with a mulled wine in hand, browse wooden chalets at Southbank Centre's Winter Market (3 Nov-26 Dec) or catch a performance of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (8 Dec-8 Jan). 3 Nov-8 Jan

Carnaby Christmas lights

A mixture of previous Christmas light installations sparkle above the streets of Carnaby
Carnaby Christmas lights. Credit: Christopher Willan. Image courtesy of Sister London.

Explore one of the capital's coolest areas, as it glows with a themed display each year as part of Carnaby Christmas lights. This year's installation celebrates a historic mix of festive displays from the past 25 years, from palm trees to Queen lyrics, above Carnaby Street, which is filled with independent boutiques – perfect for some Christmas shopping! From 8 Nov

Covent Garden Christmas lights

Shoppers walking through Covent Garden, London, decorated for Christmas
Christmas shopping in Covent Garden. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Amble around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, which are transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period. Marvel at mistletoe chandeliers, a magnificent Christmas tree and thousands of twinkling Covent Garden Christmas lights illuminating the 19th-century piazza. 8 Nov-3 Jan

Regent Street Christmas lights

View on Illuminated decorations in form of Angels over Regent Street in London
Christmas decorations on Regent Street, Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End alight with a seasonal sparkle. See magnificent spirits glittering above the entire length of Regent Street and its surrounding streets, while hunting for luxury gifts and London Christmas ornaments. 9 Nov-2 Jan

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

A Christmas tree with dazzling warm white lights and red ornaments in the foreground. Red buses beneath shining 'spirits' of Christmas and stars.
The Spirit of Christmas at Regent Street and St James's. Image courtesy of The Crown Estate.

Take a stroll around St James's and Piccadilly to discover picture-pretty Christmas lights inspired by the statue of Anteros – the Greek god of requited love. Afterwards, you can enjoy more seasonal fun by popping into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping or sipping on a festive tipple at The Ritz. 9 Nov-2 Jan

Leicester Square Christmas lights

Crowds of people walking between festive Christmas markets at Leicester Square
Leicester Square Christmas market. Image courtesy of Leicester Square.
Get in the Christmas spirit at Leicester Square this winter. Large lit-up stars stretched along the area's streets create a joyful scene over the festive season. Make sure to drop by Christmas in Leicester Square to browse the wooden chalets for gifts or catch a performance of La Clique in the Spiegeltent. 9 Nov-8 Jan

Belgravia Christmas lights

Christmas decorations around a shopfront in Chelsea, London.
Christmas in Chelsea. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

See the boutique-filled streets of Belgravia transformed for the festive season. Marvel at the Belgravia Christmas lights sparkling in wintry skies, search for your favourite seasonal window display and pose next to Insta-worthy light installations. From 9 Nov

King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard Christmas lights

Christmas shoppers at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross, London, at dusk
Christmas shoppers at Coal Drops Yard © John Sturrock/Coal Drops Yard

Visit King's Cross and Coal Drops Yard packed with cool installations this Christmas in London. The festive fun includes an alpine-inspired take on a traditional Christmas tree, a curling rink, an apres-ski bar and an array of bustling Christmas markets across the trendy neighbourhood. From 9 Nov

Marylebone Village Christmas lights

Christmas lights sparkle above Marylebone Village and fake snow falls during Christmas in London
Marylebone Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Sister London.

Admire the twinkling lights and garlands of Marylebone Village, as the chic area celebrates the Christmas season. Walk past quaint boutiques and top restaurants adorned with wintry wreaths, ornaments and lights during a visit to this popular shopping hub. From 10 Nov

Bond Street Christmas lights

A blue-lit Christmas light installation hanging above Bond Street by night.
Visit Bond Street's stores without leaving the house this weekend. © Tareq Mooradun.

See Bond Street, one of the capital's most luxurious shopping districts, garlanded with spectacular Christmas lights inspired by the Crown Jewels. 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 festive finest. From 17 Nov

Mayfair Christmas lights

Giant arches illuminate South Molton Street during Christmas in London
Mayfair Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Four Communications.

Be wowed by the picture-pretty Mayfair Christmas lights this winter. You can spot an array of dazzling displays across Mayfair and the iconic arch illuminating South Molton Street (from 2 Nov), before indulging in some Christmas shopping. From 17 Nov

Seven Dials Christmas lights

A directional sign with various Christmas activities can be found in the Seven Dials area under festive illuminations.
Christmas light decorations in the neighbourhood of Seven DIals in London, image courtesy of Mischief PR

Head to Seven Dials’ pretty cobbled streets for its annual festive installation. Full of hidden gems, quirky boutiques and eclectic eateries, the Seven Dials Christmas lights usually sees twinkling decorations and baubles weaved around the famous roundabout. From 17 Nov

Shard Lights

View of The Shard at night with its summit lit with a golden light.
The Shard illuminated at night, © iStock/Getty Images

Gaze up at The Shard's annual Christmas lights show  Shard Lights. Dazzling sequences light up the highest point of the London skyline, illuminating the top 20 floors of the landmark in colour. 6-31 Dec

London Eye Christmas lights

The London Eye is illuminated at night of a purple colour, with buildings on the riverside displaying a rainbow of colours.
The London Eye at night, Photo by Ali Khademolhosseini on Unsplash

Watch as the London Eye shines in an array of festive colours during the countdown to Christmas. The London landmark celebrates the 12 days of Christmas with a daily-changing light show, celebrating starry skies, snowfall, holly, Santa and more. 14-25 Dec

Download the Visit London App to map your way around the festive lights. Be sure to explore the capital's picture-perfect Christmas markets and find plenty more festive things to do this Christmas in London.

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