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Top 16 Christmas lights in London 2023

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

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

The locations below usually host some of London's top Christmas lights, which you can see from November until early January  check back later for confirmed details of the best London Christmas lights for 2023.

Christmas at Kew

Blue laser-style lights spread out from the Palm House at Kew Gardens at night.
See beautiful lights at Christmas at Kew. Image courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

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. 15 Nov-7 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. Last year's Oxford Street Christmas lights brightened up the skies above the famous street with rows of sustainable shining stars. 2023 TBC

South Bank Christmas lights

Colourful lights illuminate the riverside walkway of Southbank Centre
Winter Light festival at Southbank Centre. Image courtesy of David Ogle/Southbank Centre.

Stroll along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Admire winter art installations dotted around the area with a mulled wine in hand, browse wooden chalets at Southbank Centre's Winter Market or catch a festive show in the Royal Festival Hall. 2023 TBC

Carnaby Christmas lights

A mixture of previous Christmas light installations sparkle above the streets of Carnaby
Christmas lights on Carnaby Street. ©Christopher Willan/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. Last year's installation celebrated a historic mix of festive displays from the past 25 years above Carnaby Street, which is filled with independent boutiques – perfect for some Christmas shopping2023 TBC

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

Walk 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, enjoy more seasonal fun by popping into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping or sipping on a festive tipple at The Ritz. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

Regent Street Christmas lights

View on Illuminated decorations in form of Angels over Regent Street in London
Christmas lights on London's Regent Street. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End aglow 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. 2023 TBC

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 are usually stretched along the area's streets to 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 an exciting performance in the Spiegeltent. 2023 TBC

Belgravia Christmas lights

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. 2023 TBC

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 which are packed with cool installations for Christmas in London. In 2022, the festive fun included 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 district. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

Bond Street Christmas lights

A blue-lit Christmas light installation hanging above Bond Street by night.
Stand below the lights decorating Bond Street. ©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. 2023 TBC

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. You can usually spot an array of dazzling displays across Mayfair and the iconic arch illuminating South Molton Street, before indulging in some Christmas shopping2023 TBC

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 the pretty cobbled streets of Seven Dials for its annual festive installation. The area is full of hidden gems, quirky boutiques and eclectic eateries, and the Seven Dials Christmas lights usually include twinkling decorations and baubles weaved around the famous roundabout. 2023 TBC

Shard Lights

View of The Shard at night with its summit lit with a golden light.
The Shard illuminated at night. Image courtesy of 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. 2023 TBC

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. Image courtesy of Ali Khademolhosseini/Unsplash.

Watch as the London Eye shines in an array of festive colours during the countdown to Christmas. In 2022, the London landmark celebrated the 12 days of Christmas with a daily changing light show, celebrating starry skies, snowfall and Santa. 2023 TBC

Download the Visit London App to find the locations of London's best Christmas light displays. Explore the capital's picture-perfect Christmas markets and find plenty more festive things to do this Christmas in London.

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