Christmas lights in London
Discover where to see London's Christmas lights and find out who will be switching them on
It's that time again, when the seasonal mood in London is set by celebrities of various calibres ceremoniously pushing the button on Christmas lights around town. We'll be updating this page with all of this year's fantastic Christmas light displays, plus telling you exaclty when and where to be to see the lights switched on.
See Christmas lights in London
Dec 6-Jan 6 2013, Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been a seasonal symbol in London since 1947. It takes pride of place in the square until January, when it is taken down for recycling.
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Until Jan 6 2013, Bond Street
The Christmas lights on upmarket Bond Street were switched on by Gareth Malone and the Military Wives Choir during a late-night shopping event on November 22.
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Nov 13-Jan 6 2013, Regent Street
A new design of gold holly and red berry garlands decorates the 'Mile of Style' this Christmas, along with celebratory tributes to the Olympic and Paralympic teams and gold filigree plaques telling the story of the 12 days of Christmas.
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Nov 8-Jan 6 2013, Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street celebrates its musical heritage this Christmas with decorations inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the Rolling Stones. Large 3D sphere suspended along the street contain gold and silver vinyl records emblazoned with the band's artwork from the past half a century.
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Nov 5-Jan 6 2013, Oxford St
Oxford Street's twinkly illuminations for 2012 are, intriguingly, sponsored by that famously divisive yeasty spread, Marmite.
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Nov 7-Jan 6 2013, Covent Garden Market
If Marmite Christmas lights and the buzz of Oxford Street leave you cold, this alternative Christmas destination could be just the thing.
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Nov 15-Jan 6 2013, South Molton St
The car-free shopping street dazzles with sparkling arches for pedestrians to walk through.
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Nov 14-Jan 6 2013, Marylebone High St
The Xmas lights on one of London's most atmospheric high streets are always worth a seasonal stroll.
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Nov 23-Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park
Entry to the site, including Santa Land and the Christmas Market, is free and an after-dark stroll is surprisingly atmospheric.
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Nov 21-Jan 6 2013, Jermyn St
The posh shopping streets of St James's, including Jermyn Street, usually give good seasonal sparkle.
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Nov 6-Jan 6 2013, Westfield London
Some 10,000 fans watched US pop princess Taylor Swift switch on Westfield London's Christmas lights.
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