Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most sparkly now London's switched on its Christmas lights for 2018
By Ellie Walker-Arnott, Alexandra Sims and Katie McCabe |

Is there anything more magical than London getting its annual festive facelift? Whether you’re planning to go ice skating, popping into one of the many Christmas markets and fairs or doing a spot of shopping at one of London’s best Christmas shops, take a break to stare in awe at the illuminations gracing our city. Don your woolliest hats and scarves and get ready to see London all lit up. 

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The best Christmas lights in London

Carnaby Christmas lights

Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby's Christmas decorations – usually among the most distinctive in town – have a ‘Queen’ theme this year to mark the release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Freddie Mercury’s lyrics are shining brightly in giant colourful neon over the street. ‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’ Well, you might have to pinch yourself in front of this dazzling display.

<p>Christmas at Kew</p>
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Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings and plants. Feast your eyes on over a million sparkling pea-lights, thousands of laser beams and tree canopies flooded with festive colour.  New for this year is a moonlit Laser Garden hidden in the woods and a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats bobbing on the lake.

<p>The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park</p>
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The Enchanted Woodland

For its thirteenth year, Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland has transformed the 600-year-old gardens with a light display, completely illuminating the Great Conservatory in the centre of the historic arboretum. The glittering walk can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but it’s better to allow longer for photo-taking, admiring the installations and playing with the interactive lights along the way.



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