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Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most dazzling when London switches on its Christmas lights

© Andrew Lalchan

There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Get planning your outing, perhaps after a spot of ice skating or Christmas shopping, with our guide to all the main lights in London for Christmas 2017. This is London at its most bling. Check back to find out about all the capital's lighting displays as they're announced throughout the year.

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OnlymeElena
OnlymeElena tastemaker

I'm always waiting for Christmas lights in centre London. The huge angels with wings are impressive but apart from them everything looks a bit mediocre this year. I'm sure with these days technology tbey could have came up with something more unusual. Yes, it is lovely and adds to the festive spirit but the wow factor is missing.

Suzanne L
Suzanne L

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P T
P T

Anyone know when the Oxford street traffic free day in December is?

stephen r
stephen r

To see London under twinkling lights and take photos its ultimate experience. I want to suggest 3 hour Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London. Under this to see the London top attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament while admiring colorful illuminations and light displays.

Hannah B
Hannah B

Hello.  I'm coming to London for my honeymoon starting on Dec 23rd.  Any advice on places that will be open and neighborhoods to try to stay in so that we can walk to them?  Interested in ice skating, christmas lights, general festivities, indian food.....

Elisa R
Elisa R Tastemaker

As the store manager of a shop located on Carnaby street, I'm on the front row for all things Christmas lights in central London, which is great because I generally love anything Christmas related. However, I must say I've been a bit disappointed this year: Oxford street is same old same old, Regent street is, as usual, one big advertising campaign and Carnaby... Well I hardly know what to say. A shiny, discoey, tacky mess of pinkish purple everything. An atrocity. Please do better next year Carnaby people.

thevelvetrunway
thevelvetrunway

The Christmas lights in London are lovely, but it is also worth checking out the window displays. Selfridges has a Star Wars theme this year and if you have children; then you should definitely look at Hamley's windows in Regents Street

Have a look at my post on New Year in London, which covers the Christmas lights, shopping in the Sales, a Winter Wonderland, New Year's Eve Fireworks and more!

http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/new-year-london/


Jade M
Jade M

Does anybody know when the Covent garden lights are being switched on? Desperate to go! Thanks x

Barbara P
Barbara P

Please if anyone can provide me with the information as to where to get the balls of lights used in the display of 2013 at Christmas on Regent and Oxford Street, I would greatly appreciate the info. I have been searching everywhere and all the pictures never tell who did the work or where the products came from..... I am desperately searching Thank You 

bpratt25@cogeco.ca

Candice
Candice

@Geo, The Regent Street xmas lights are usually switched on in the 2nd week of November. Oxford Street lights are a few days before that but they don't do the stage with Live Music and Celebs and fireworks like Regent Street. Not sure when Carnaby Street switches theirs on. But all the other xmas street lights are already on when Regent Street does theirs. We go every year to Regent Street switching-on celebration with our daughter and then stroll along all the other streets looking at the lights and decorations. One of the best ways to start the Xmas season!

Jane
Jane

There are Xmas Light walking tours that take you to the best lights away from the usual routes!

michelle
michelle

what dates do they usually switch the lights on? as ive never been to see them being switched on before, so would need to book accommodation too. thanks :)

phil
phil

Can't wait for the xmas lights to be turned on,looking forward to seeing them and getting into the festive spirit with some mulled wine

Sharon willetts
Sharon willetts

The last time I saw the xmas lights in london was when I was 8 years old a friend of the family took me in thier sports car they took me to see father xmas in harrods I got a fantastic doll. Am going there this xmas :)

Mary
Mary

Lovely photos. And, for kerouc2, if you had looked below the photos you would have seen where they were taken.

adam kurszewski
adam kurszewski

It don't matter what street in what town these images were taken,they show the magic of x mass and the beat time of year that me and my kids look forward to,I will be there when the lights go on and in reality I don't mind where just too ne there is truly magical

kerouac2
kerouac2

What a useless set of photos since you don't tell us where they are. I'll be in London in December, and I know that I can see lovely decorations in Regent Street and Oxford Street, but I would really like to know about other places to go.

Ximena
Ximena

Why are they switching them on so early this year??

Geo
Geo

when will the London Christmas lights be switched on?