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Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most dazzling when London switches on its Christmas lights

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Peacock feathers adorn the luxury shopping area for the first time this year.

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The trees alongside the museum's ice rink shimmer with fairy lights.

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A majestic silver reindeer welcomes shoppers to the east side of Covent Garden piazza.

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The pretty courtyards and cobbled streets just to the north of Oxford Street have gained some traditional festive decorations.

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London's bustling Christmas shopping mecca has been sprinkled with snowball-shaped lights for 2013

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Soho's famous district has been stuffed with festive birds for Christmas, and is looking rather more chirpy for it.

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All twelve days of Christmas are represented in Regent Street's classy display.

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The Oxford Street decorations even looked pretty before they were lit this year

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Not strictly Christmas lights, but Chinatown is looking just as festive as the rest of the city at this time of year.

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The piazza and market buildings are sparkling with traditional baubles, lights and a beautiful tree again this year.

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This already handsome venue looks even more elegant with skaters gliding across its courtyard.

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There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Details of plans and dates for lights in Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Westfield etc. will be added to this page as events are announced. You can also browse our gallery of Christmas lights in London from years gone by.

Christmas at Duke of York Square

The King's Road gets into the festive spirit with a whole sackload of Christmassy fun. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4pm on November 7, with extra festivities and a beautiful tree adding to the joy. Father Christmas and his elves will arrive, and a free gift wrapping service will help you get a headstart for the big day. See our listing for the Santa's Grotto in the Duke of York Square if you'd like to visit a different day.

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Duke Of York Square, Chelsea Saturday November 7 2015

Regent Street Christmas Lights

Regent Street gets its usual Christmas makeover with garlands of lights down the length of the road. The switch-on event promises celebrity appearances, family activities and a fireworks display.

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Regent Street, Soho Sunday November 15 2015 - Wednesday January 6 2016

Comments

16 comments
Jade M
Jade M

Does anybody know when the Covent garden lights are being switched on? Desperate to go! Thanks x

Barbara P
Barbara P

Please if anyone can provide me with the information as to where to get the balls of lights used in the display of 2013 at Christmas on Regent and Oxford Street, I would greatly appreciate the info. I have been searching everywhere and all the pictures never tell who did the work or where the products came from..... I am desperately searching Thank You 

bpratt25@cogeco.ca

claire goodsman
claire goodsman

do i need tickets for the oxford street christmas lights 2013?

Candice
Candice

@Geo, The Regent Street xmas lights are usually switched on in the 2nd week of November. Oxford Street lights are a few days before that but they don't do the stage with Live Music and Celebs and fireworks like Regent Street. Not sure when Carnaby Street switches theirs on. But all the other xmas street lights are already on when Regent Street does theirs. We go every year to Regent Street switching-on celebration with our daughter and then stroll along all the other streets looking at the lights and decorations. One of the best ways to start the Xmas season!

Jane
Jane

There are Xmas Light walking tours that take you to the best lights away from the usual routes!

michelle
michelle

what dates do they usually switch the lights on? as ive never been to see them being switched on before, so would need to book accommodation too. thanks :)

phil
phil

Can't wait for the xmas lights to be turned on,looking forward to seeing them and getting into the festive spirit with some mulled wine

Sharon willetts
Sharon willetts

The last time I saw the xmas lights in london was when I was 8 years old a friend of the family took me in thier sports car they took me to see father xmas in harrods I got a fantastic doll. Am going there this xmas :)

Mary
Mary

Lovely photos. And, for kerouc2, if you had looked below the photos you would have seen where they were taken.

adam kurszewski
adam kurszewski

It don't matter what street in what town these images were taken,they show the magic of x mass and the beat time of year that me and my kids look forward to,I will be there when the lights go on and in reality I don't mind where just too ne there is truly magical

kerouac2
kerouac2

What a useless set of photos since you don't tell us where they are. I'll be in London in December, and I know that I can see lovely decorations in Regent Street and Oxford Street, but I would really like to know about other places to go.

Ximena
Ximena

Why are they switching them on so early this year??

Geo
Geo

when will the London Christmas lights be switched on?