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 announced nearer the time and we'll be adding to this page as events are announced. In the meantime, 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

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13 comments
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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