Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Things to do Oxford St , Fitzrovia Sunday November 6 2016 - Friday January 6 2017 Free
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 (© Ashleigh Arnott)
© Ashleigh Arnott

Those sparkly, glowing orbs are back for a fourth year - with a brand new addition. The Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on will see 1778 snowball-like decorations (and  750,000 LED lightbulbs) lit up once again for what is the fifty-seventh year the road has been decorated for the festive period.

Plus, this year the lights have a charity partner: the NSPCC. To celebrate the launch of its Little Stars campaign, the charity asks Londoners to donate £5 to dedicate one of the star-shaped lights to a loved one. 

For the second time ever the switch-on event on Sunday November 6 will see West Oxford Street closed to traffic (2pm-6.30pm), with special offers available in many of the shops. Capital provides the music, and My Little Pony and Transformers characters will be popping along too. 

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Venue name: Oxford St
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Free
Event website: http://oxfordstreet.co.uk/

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Jorge A.
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It's just lights. Expensive lights put for more than 2 months to encourage people to expend more money. It doesn't work with me. That money should be spent in something useful.

Alanna S

Loved the year they had the Marmite sponsored lights but the last few years have been the same, quite generic display. They make Xmas shopping a bit more festive but not worth going out of your way to see them.


Oxford Street's Christmas lights are too plain, not impressive at all...there are only blue & white balls along the whole street. I would expect council to have spent much more money to the most famous shopping street all over Europe. Regent Street's Christmas lights are much more impressive. On the contrary, all the big department stores across oxford street (Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Frazer) have privately installed amazing lightening! The festive night 2015 for the lightening up of the Christmas lights, was disappointing.. There was huge advertisement in TV, press, online that Kylie Minogue would be there and everyone gathered to see her performing - instead of that, she just pressed the magic button and left....such a pity for all that fuss of going out in the centre, being packed with so many people, having to stand for so long in the cold....


I thought perhaps it was a bit early for thinking about Christmas, but the Oxford Street lights have changed my mind! The switch-on was a really fun night, the crowd was having a great time and because there were big screens up everyone could see what was happening on the stage. I was a little closer to the stage than most as a Time Out Tastemaker so really enjoyed all the musical performances and seeing Kylie pressing the button. I’d definitely recommend a trip to see the lights if you need to up your festive spirit.

Ros A

Cracking 5 stars from me for this - I've been a Londoner for circa 8 years but never been to this because I presumed the crowds would be horrid. I was invited by Oxford St to come down as a Time Out Tastemaker. I will say we were in the VIP area so I think the experience was a bit different and we were very close to the stage. However, the street is pedestrianised for the night and as such there is quite a lot of space if you want to watch from further back on one of the big screens. The whole set up is well organised and even the crowds dispersing afterwards aren't a problem (try one of the back streets and walk around it). The lights this year were switched on by Kylie Minogue and a few other really rather good celebs. I really enjoyed being there as part of it. It was lively, upbeat and lots of fun. Oh, and the lights look absolutely lovely this year too. 


Would be great if there was a Christmas starting gun, so that everyone knew that from that point it is officially the start of the festive season. 15th November is just about right! All the Christmas lights switch on the same day and the party starts!

Ron A

With these and other London street Christmas lights they usually get turned off at about midnight which is totally pointless as the best time to view is by car or tour bus in the early hours of the morning with little traffic and no parking regulations.



I'm a Londoner and travelled all the way from Scotland to see the lights.Shaftesbury Ave lights was the best in London. Aberdeen had better ones . Winter wonderland was out of this world, Made the trip worth while.


we re gonna be visiting london for a couple of days and we would really like to attend. it sounds amazing !. Do we need to buy tickets?


Jeeeeez should have given that £1.5m to help all the homeless people in London, what a waste!


Definitely going there this weekend, looks beautiful! It will 'light up' most certainly.


will be there, looking forward for the event, it will be the best christmas ever

Danguole Balciuniene

I'm really like Christmas time-wonderfull,magic time!Lighting of Christmas light,music,amazing atmosphere! I encourage everyone to see it!


How do you register for tickets? Been on capital FMCS website but can't find anything :(


Great event. always planned to go but so far never attended. Next one will be mine and my daughter's. cant wait !

Danni Robinson

This is such a great event, an soo beautiful. A brilliant way of getting into the christmas spirit... For free too!!

kim tyler

AMAZING evening the attmoshere is lovely , people of all ages get to see the switch on ,I went last year for the first time was so pretty and very christmassy , going again this year I recommend it to everyone ;-)