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Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most sparkly with London’s 2022 Christmas lights at full beam

Joe Mackertich
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Joe Mackertich
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Even if you think Christmas is a load of consumerist claptrap, you can’t deny that London looks a whole lot better when it’s hung with strings of glistening lights and glittering Christmas trees decorating every corner. And London is never in short supply of some thoroughly excellent festive light displays. From the classic angels that beam over Regent’s Street to the snazzy, themed displays over Carnaby Street, a trip to one of these gleaming streets will flutter the heart of even the most Scrooge-like of souls. Whether you want to explore the annual favourites that pepper the centre of town, or travel out to some of London’s lesser-known displays, you’ll find all the best London illuminations in this list. 

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What dates do the Christmas lights go on in London?

London's Christmas light displays kick off each year with Oxford Street's decorations, which are illuminated on Wednesday November 2. Carnaby and Covent Garden are illuminated on Tuesday November 8, Regent Street and St James's are illuminated on Wednesday November 9, and the rest of London's displays will follow suit by mid-November. 

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The best Christmas lights in London 2022

The West End got its very own Christmas lights display on November 14 this year, as part of a seven-week celebration, transforming St Christoper’s Place into ‘St Christmas Place’ for the festive period. Brightly coloured lights and decor line the shopping streets from James street to Oxford Street, and the boutique shops and eateries have got festive for the occasion. Time for Christmas shopping?

Mayfair Christmas Lights
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Mayfair Christmas Lights

The Connaught’s iconic Christmas tree has returned to light up Mayfair this winter from November 17, with 63,000 lights in total and miniature replications found up and down the rest of Mount Street. And South Molton Street will once again be illuminated by light-up arches and magical colour-changing trees.

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Strings of twinkling overhead lights adorn Leadenhall Market, while miniature Christmas trees above each shopfront lead to the gigantic sparkling specimen in the centre. Framed by the market’s beautiful wrought-iron arches, it’s a stunning Victorianesque display. From November 17, the lights are switched on, with firework fountains and carol singers - and they have a ton of Christmas events throughout the month too. 

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