Christmas lights in London

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

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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.


  • Oxford Street 2013

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

    Oxford Street 2013
  • Carnaby Street 2013

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

    Carnaby Street 2013
  • Regent Street 2013

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

    Regent Street 2013
  • Oxford Street 2013

    © Ashleigh Arnott

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

    Oxford Street 2013
  • Wardour Street 2013

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

    Wardour Street 2013
  • Covent Garden 2013

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

    Covent Garden 2013
  • Somerset House ice rink

    © Marcus Ginns

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

    Somerset House ice rink
  • Westfield London ice rink

    Westfield London ice rink
  • St James's Christmas tree

    St James's Christmas tree
  • South Molton Street

    South Molton Street
  • Covent Garden Market

    Covent Garden Market
  • Oxford Street

    Oxford Street
  • Tower of London ice rink

    Tower of London ice rink
  • Covent Garden

    Covent Garden
  • Natural History Museum

    Natural History Museum
  • Oxford Street

    © Abigail Lelliott

    Oxford Street
  • Regent Street

    © regentstreetonline.com

    Regent Street
  • St Christopher's Place

    © Abigail Lelliott

    St Christopher's Place

Oxford Street 2013

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

Regent Street Christmas Lights

Regent Street will be garlanded with Christmas lights again this winter, and they're really making a day of the swith-on. The whole street will be traffic free, with activities from midday and a celebrity-laden Christmas show in the afternoon. Once the lights are on the sky will be extra bright thanks to a fireworks display. Details of times and famous faces will be added when we get them. Find more Christmas lights in London

  1. Regent Street
  2. Sun Nov 16 - Mon Jan 5
More info

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Oxford Street will sparkle for a fifty-fifth year this Christmas as its full length will be decked with 1778 glowing white orbs. The decorations were also on display last year, but as we're already rather fond of them we don't mind that they're centre stage again. The switch-on (Nov 6) will be accompanied by a live performance from the winner of a national competition called 'Talent Starts Here', as well as some familiar names (which are yet to be announced).

  1. Oxford Street
  2. Thu Nov 6 - Sun Jan 4
More info

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 5.30pm, with extra festivities such as carols, roasted chestnuts and face painting adding to the joy from 3pm. Reindeer, elves and even Father Christmas himself will be visiting, and a free gift wrapping service will help you get a headstart for the big day.

  1. Duke Of York Square King's Rd, SW3 4LY
  2. Sat Nov 8
More info

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party and Christmas Lights Switch On

The pedestrianised shopping haven in Soho has long been inventive with its Christmas decorations, so this huge event featuring discounts, live music and free events is a fitting celebration for their 'switch on'. This year's not-especially-festive theme is 'music and fashion', so we're expecting the area's 13 streets to look even more glamourous than usual. Tickets for the party are free but must be claimed in advance.

N1 Centre Christmas Lights Switch On

Angel gets festive for this day of family-friendly fun which culminates in the shopping centre's colourful Christmas lights being turned on at 5pm. The event will feature plenty of carols, interactive snow globes, a visit from Santa and his elves and even some real reindeer.

  1. N1 Shopping Centre Parkfield St, N1 0PS
  2. Sun Nov 23
More info

Greenwich Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights

Greenwich schoolchildren help to bring Christmas into town with a procession featuring handmade lanterns from the Old Royal Naval College to Greenwich Market. CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell and characters from the Greenwich Playhouse's panto will then switch on the Christmas Lights, and the market will host a round of Christmas carols that everybody is welcome to join in with. Father Christmas will even make an appearance, and younger visitors can meet him in his Greenwich Grotto.

  1. Discover Greenwich King William Walk, SE10 9LW
  2. Wed Nov 26
More info

Fayre of St James and the Jermyn Street Christmas Lights

A 500-strong crowd will gather for this traditional evening of carols, musical performances, readings and merriment in Piccadilly organised by Quintessentially Foundation and The Crown Estate. Celebrity guests will help add some extra sparkle to the occasion. Guests will relocate to Jermyn Street following the concert to see the Christmas lights being switched on, and a party in Mayfair restaurant Quaglino's will round things off. 

  1. St James's Piccadilly 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL
  2. Thu Nov 27
More info

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14 comments
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?

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