The best Christmas lights in London
You know Christmas is coming when Oxford Street is transformed by sparkly, glowing lights. Last year, the shopping hub was home to 1,778 decorations (and 750,000 LED lightbulbs) inspired by falling snowflakes. The switch on usually attracts over one million Christmas-lovers and the odd famous face.
The oh-so-fashionable Carnaby Street typically blasts on their ostentatious Christmas lights with one of its famous shopping parties. Carnaby's Christmas decorations are usually among the most distinctive in town; 2017’s were carnival themed.
Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and market buildings are especially irresistible at Christmas. There was a mistletoe theme in 2017, with over 40 mistletoe chandeliers hanging over the area's streets and in the pretty market buildings.
The grand shopping stretch gets its usual Christmas makeover with garlands of lights down the length of the road. The 2016 display was a throwback to Regent Street's first set of Christmas lights, which went up in 1954, and the decorations in 2017 formed one part of a wider display that ran all the way from Oxford Circus to Waterloo Place via Piccadilly and St James's. Central London's set to sparkle.
Kew's incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2018, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings and plants. The mile-long, twinkling trail promises to be bigger than ever this year. 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. They'll sit along side the usual fire garden and glorious Palm House Pond lights, which dance along to Christmas classics. Santa and his elves will also be in attendance, while grown-ups can take advantage of the festive shopping, seasonal snacks and warming mulled wine. Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London
The Seven Dials Christmas lights are being switched on between 5-9pm, and once you're at the display you can also enjoy a special shopping discount, workshops, promotions and more.
For its thirteenth year, Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens transformed by a light display, with its Great Conservatory completely illuminated in the centre of the historic arboretum. The glittering trail can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos, admiring the installations and playing with the interactive lights along the way. It's almost always a sell-out, so book in advance. Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London