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Here’s the full list of London Christmas light switch on dates confirmed so far

Grab a mulled wine and head to one of these switch-ons

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

It’s November and you know what that means... it’s basically Christmas! London’s already gearing up for the festive season – and the city looks so gorgeously glittery when adorned with so many lights. If you ask us, Crimbo can’t come soon enough.

To get properly in the mood, we’ve compiled a list of all the switch-on dates for London’s most dazzling light displays. Carnaby Street was the first to announce its big day, closely followed by Oxford Street and Covent Garden. But those are just a handful of the patches of the city due to be aglow throughout the festive period, so have a look what we know so far about all the switch-on dates across the city.

The exact date and time that Oxford Street’s legendary Christmas lights will be turned on.
Carnaby Street has revealed its Christmas lights for 2023.

When do the London Christmas lights get turned on? 

Oxford Street

Thursday November 2. 

Covent Garden

Tuesday November 7. 

Carnaby Street

Wednesday November 8. 

Regent Street

Thursday November 9. 

St James’s

Thursday November 9. 

Marylebone Village 

Thursday November 9 at 6 pm. 

Kew Gardens

Wednesday November 15. 


Wednesday November 15. 


Thursday November 16. 


Saturday November 18. 

Trafalgar Square

Thursday November 7. 

How long are the Christmas lights on in London?

Christmas lights across the city tend to keep glistening until January 6, better known as the twelfth night. Keep an eye on our list of the best Christmas light displays in London for more details about timings of the big switch-on moments across the city. 

Christmas in London

At Time Out, we work hard to keep you up-to-date on all the festive happenings across the city. We’re basically like elves. From the best Christmas shows and carol concerts to watch, to all the top markets for stocking-filler shopping, keep an eye on our Christmas hub for all the capital’s seasonal festivities. 

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