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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, with most switch-on events taking place in November.

Carnaby Christmas lights

Look up to the skies and see a Queen-inspired installation as part of this year's Carnaby Christmas lights. Find Freddie Mercury's iconic Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics written in bright neon over Carnaby's 14 glowing streets, which are filled with independent boutiques – perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping. Until 4 Jan

Bond Street Christmas lights

See one of London’s most luxurious shopping districts garlanded with spectacular Christmas lights in the run-up to Christmas. 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 8 Nov

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'Instagram-worthy Winter Festival, before admiring the seasonal scene from the warmth of an alpine-themed igloo at Jimmy's Lodge. 9 Nov-6 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

Follow a festive light trail during Christmas at ZSL London Zoo. This Christmas in London, the zoo is illuminated with twinkling decorations, animal sculptures, light tunnels and colourful fountains at the penguin pool. Afterwards,  warm up with a mulled wine or enjoy a ride on the traditional carousel. 22 Nov-1 Jan

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

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