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Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most sparkly with London’s 2021 Christmas lights at full beam

Rosie Hewitson
Joe Mackertich
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Rosie Hewitson
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Joe Mackertich
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Even the most Christmas-averse individual cracks a blissed-out smile at the sight of a magical festive light display. And London is never in short supply of some thoroughly excellent ones. A trip to one of these truly spectacular illuminations lighting up our city will fill anyone’s heart with a surfeit of cheer. From the centre of town, out to some of London’s lesser-known displays, we’ll be adding them all to this handy list as soon as they’re announced. 

RECOMMENDED: See our full festive guide to Christmas in London.

The best Christmas lights in London

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The award-winning light festival will run in Crystal Palace Park from November 19 to January 2. It’ll feature lanterns that were handmade and hand-painted using ancient Chinese methods that date back to the Tang dynasty, multi-sensory interactive lights and installations that tell a story of wonder and rebirth and a never-before-seen illuminated trail. Book your tickets soon, because they won’t stick around.

 

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  • Soho

Carnaby Street’s Christmas lights are usually pretty damn special. This year’s iteration looks to continue that trend. Not only will they make the shopping street look extremely festive, the new installations are created to raise awareness for Choose Love, a shop set up by the charity Help Refugees, that supports (and raises money for) refugees all over the world.

 

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  • Regent Street

The massive (in every sense of the word) shopping street gets its annual festive glow-up with garlands of lights down the length of the road. See those glorious golden angels make their comeback soaring high above Regent Street from November 3.

 

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  • Markets and fairs
  • Covent Garden

Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and market buildings will, as usual, look totally banging this winter. The area will be positively fizzing with more than 115,000 festoon lights, bathing the streets with a powefully festive glow. No fewer than 30,000 lights will adorn London’s tallest Christmas tree (55 feet for anyone counting). You can also expect the return of the giant baubles, mistletoe and mirrorballs in the Market Building.

 

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