A sedate Sloane Square amid the winter rush hour
The hustle and bustle of a Christmas market
A festive scene in Columbia Road
Supping a golden pint of ale in front of a warm fire: a perfect winter warmer
Trafalgar Square gains a touch of magic with an impressive Christmas tree
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament look tranquil on a winter evening
The National Portrait Gallery and Traflagar Square at a rare quiet moment
The Tower of London surrounded by snow
Ice skating at the Natural History Museum
Simply capture some Christmas spirit on camera and you could see your image projected onto the side of a ten-storey building to help ‘Create Christmas’ for thousands of passing Londoners, as well as being in with the chance to win £500-worth of photography equipment and have your photo printed in the Victoria newspaper.
Whether it’s the excitement of seeing decorations strung up across buildings or the dazzling window displays that light up the streets, London is a truly magical place at Christmas. To get you inspired, there’s a selection of some of our favourite festive images above.
The best photographs submitted via Facebook will be projected onto the 90ft façade of Cardinal Place from 5.30-7.30pm on November 21-23. But that’s not all: for each image projected, Land Securities will donate £1 to The Prince’s Trust. Time Out London’s chief photographer, Rob Greig, will also select his favourite image and the lucky winner will get £500-worth of photography equipment as well as seeing their photo printed in the spring edition of the Victoria newspaper, read by over 400,000 Londoners.
The winning pictures will form part of a three-day programme of festive celebrations including the annual Victoria lights switch-on on by MKS (the original Sugababes) on November 21. A host of free live performances and Christmas markets will also be on offer at Victoria’s Cardinal Place. Popular children’s hit ‘The Gruffalo’ will be teaming up with ‘The Snail & the Whale’ to entertain the crowds, along with performances from Louise Dearman, fresh from starring in hit West-End musical ‘Wicked’, John Owen-Jones, best known for his performances in ‘Les Miserablés’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, and The London Ballet Company.
On top of this, throughout the festivities Cardinal Place’s selection of shops including Zara, Hobbs and Topshop will be open till late with a programme of special offers and in-store activities, providing the perfect chance to pick up some gifts and spread the festive cheer.
See www.createvictoria.com/facebook for full details.
For your chance to win, submit your festive photos via www.createvictoria.com/facebook. Be it a favourite landmark, a must-do seasonal shop or iconic festive fare, #CreateChristmas wants to know what Christmas in London really means to you.
West Six Garden Centre
The team from Islington's excellent North One Garden Centre took over the reigns of this existing independent business (the old Gingko garden centre), renovated it and finally reopened in March 2011. The large site is at the edge of Ravenscourt Park and sells specimen shrubs and ornamental glazed pots (exclusive to the site) underneath railway arches. Inside, the shop is packed with garden essentials plus gifts and accessories, with inspirational displays changing every few weeks. The friendly and informed team work hard to create an attractive, 'life enhancing' environment.
Venue says: “W6 is an award-winning, life-enhancing garden centre, created out of passion and expertise.”