From the traditional Norwegian spruce in Trafalgar Square to St Pancras International's unusual annual creation, don't miss the chance to see one of the many London Christmas trees as the city transforms into a winter wonderland this Christmas.
Covent Garden Christmas tree
See one of the biggest Christmas trees in London shine beautifully above the cobbled streets of the stunning 19th-century Covent Garden Piazza. As well as the Christmas tree, the area is decked out with plenty of other magical Christmas lights and decorations, which include gorgeous mistletoe chandeliers, luxurious bows wrapped around the historic buildings and more than 115,000 glittering pea lights. 27 Oct-5 Jan
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree
Marvel at this iconic London Christmas tree which towers over Trafalgar Square at more than 25m tall (82ft). An annual gift to London from Norway since 1947 as thanks for Britain's support during the Second World War, the world-famous Trafalgar Christmas tree is festively dressed in a traditional Nordic style with vertical strings of Christmas lights. Join in the Christmas carols around the tree in the run-up to Christmas. From 7 Dec
Victoria and Albert Museum Christmas tree
Help create the Christmas tree at the Victoria and Albert Museum by submitting a word as you walk into the grand entrance. The Singing Tree takes the words submitted by visitors and uses algorithms to create an audio-visual carol, with human and machine generated voices. Designed by Es Devlin (stage designer for Beyoncé, Kanye West and the Royal Opera House), the innovative tree forms part of a musical celebration of Christmas at the V&A with candlelit concerts, film screenings and decoration-making workshops, inspired by the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. 27 Nov-6 Jan
Claridge's Christmas tree
Step into the luxurious Mayfair hotel to experience Claridge’s famous Christmas tree installation, created by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The spectacular upside-down tree is covered in silver decorations and topped with a mirror star that reflects rays of light across the lobby. After admiring the fashionable winter display, treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea in the Claridge’s Foyer and Reading Room or take a wander over to the West End to marvel at some of the dazzling London Christmas lights. From 22 Nov
St Pancras Christmas tree
Stop and smell the roses at St Pancras International this Christmas. A mix of more than 15,000 blooms, including roses, hydrangeas and orchids, adorn the spectacular 14m tall (47ft) tree. While admiring one of the prettiest Christmas trees in London, you can also enjoy Christmas carols performed by a different choir every day in December. 14 Nov-3 Jan
London Christmas tree at The Connaught
Head to Mayfair this Christmas and read a message of love from Tracey Emin outside The Connaught hotel. The renown British artist uses purple neon lights to write a love poem across a Norwegian spruce in her distinctive handwriting. After admiring the glowing tree, enjoy a delicious cocktail inside The Connaught Bar or tick items off your list at one of the nearby Christmas shopping hotspots.
Illuminated tree at Christmas By The River
Take a stroll along the river Thames and discover a beautiful steel and aluminium Christmas tree, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge. The 12m tall (39ft) tree is lit by more than 30,000 LED lights, complementing the twinkling winter market at Christmas By The River. After taking a photo of the Instagram-worthy view, browse the stalls for stocking fillers and warm up with a fragrant mulled wine.
More London Christmas trees
- Watch the reflection of the Christmas tree shimmer in the water of St Katharine Docks.
- Admire the Victorian-inspired Christmas tree designed by fragrance house Penhaligon's at The Savoy hotel.
- Be wowed by the origami Christmas tree at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch.
- Stroll past the sparkling groups of Christmas trees designed by the founders of jewellery company Tatty Devine at Wintertime at Southbank Centre.