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.
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Oxford Street Christmas lights
Be amazed by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and admire the seasonal window displays lining Oxford Street. The Oxford Street Christmas lights display brings 27 dazzling curtains of light, made up of more than 200,000 twinkling bulbs, to the famous shopping street.
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!
Covent Garden Christmas lights
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
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.
Watch the London skyline light up as The Shard puts on its annual Christmas lights show. The Shard Lights display is designed by local schoolchildren, reflecting changing colours into wintry skies during the 30-minute light displays. Keep a look out on New Year's Eve for a special display celebrating the start of the new year!
Bond Street Christmas lights
See Bond Street, one of the capital's most luxurious shopping districts, garlanded with spectacular London Christmas lights. 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.
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