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Top 12 Christmas lights in London

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, don't miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas.

Head to the locations below to spot some of London's top Christmas lights – most switch-on events across the capital usually take place in November

Christmas at Kew

Explore a twinkling mile-long trail with Christmas at Kew. Look out for dazzling immersive installations, take a selfie surrounded by thousands of pea-lights and watch the spectacular finale light up the Palm House, before warming up with mulled wine and mince pies this Christmas in London. Book Christmas at Kew tickets now

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

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 100,000 twinkling Covent Garden Christmas lights illuminating the 19th-century Piazza.

Make sure to drop by on 12 November to experience the magical Covent Garden Christmas lights switch-on event and enjoy an evening packed with festive fun.

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. 

Join the Coal Drops Yard switch-on event on 13 November for filled with live DJ sets, seasonal performances and in-store discounts. Take to the mic and perform a festive tune to be in with the chance of switching on these London Christmas lights!

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.

Be part of the star-studded Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on event on 14 November, with famous musical acts including The Script, fun activities and an exclusive shopping evening from 4pm to 9pm. 

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 has a Starry Night theme this year. 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.

Make sure to be there for the Seven Dials Christmas lights switch-on event on 14 November, from 5pm to 9pm. Be treated to music, shopping discounts, food and drink offers and free activities.

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

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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 or sipping a festive tipple at The Ritz.

Enjoy some late-night shopping with discounts and food on offer at the St James's Christmas lights switch on-event around Jermyn Street on 14 November, and make sure to visit the area's life-sized stag sculpture made from recycled materials from 2 December.   

Winterfest at Wembley Park

Drop by Wembley Park for a quirky Christmas lights display during Winterfest. Lose yourself in a playground of immersive light installations, from Burning Man's Sonic Runway and a giant LED Christmas tree, to a lineup of multi-sensory artworks from across the world.

Get your hands on tickets for Winterfest's switch-on event on 20 November to be one of the first to experience some of the coolest London Christmas decorations! 

South Bank Christmas lights

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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. 

Bond Street Christmas lights

See Bond Street, one of Londonโ€™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. 2019 details TBC

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

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