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Christmas lights in London

See the city at its most sparkly once London switches on its Christmas lights for 2019

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London lights up like no other city in the winter, and we're big fans of its annual festive facelift. Whether you’re planning to pop into one of the capital's many Christmas markets and fairs, or you've arranged a frolicking (not at all stumbly) stint at London's many ice rinks, or are even doing a spot of shopping at one of London’s best Christmas shops, make sure you take a moment to take in the truly spectacular illuminations gracing our city. Don your woolliest hats and scarves and get ready to see London all lit up.

We’ll be updating this page with more events for Christmas 2019 as they are announced.

RECOMMENDED: See our full festive guide to Christmas in London

The best Christmas lights in London

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights
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Oxford Street Christmas Lights

You know Christmas is coming when Oxford Street is transformed by sparkly, glowing lights. From early November, the twinkling lights are the perfect backdrop for a spot of Christmas shopping. The switch on usually attracts over one million Christmas lovers and the odd famous face.

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Carnaby Christmas lights

Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby's Christmas decorations are usually among the most distinctive in town. Last year's theme had Freddie Mercury’s lyrics shining brightly in giant colourful neon over the street. This year's lights – due to be switched on Thursday November 7 – will no doubt be just as dazzling, so get yourself down there  for a super Instagrammable Christmas lights experience.

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covent garden lights
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Covent Garden Christmas

Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and market buildings are especially irresistible at Christmas. Last year saw the iconic square house London’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree, which sparkled with 30,000 lights. Keep your eyes peeled for this year's festive treats and potential celeb host. 

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Regent Street Christmas lights
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Regent Street Christmas Lights

The grand shopping sweep has its usual Christmas makeover, with garlands of lights and festive figures decorating the length of the road. The display is a throwback to Regent Street's first set of Christmas lights, which went up in 1954.  

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Christmas at Kew Gardens

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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 a brand new waterfall of lights faling from tree canopies flooded with festive colour.  

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Seven Dials Christmas Lights

The Seven Dials Christmas lights switch-on is normally combined with an unmissable shopping event. Get down there and enjoy a special discounts, workshops, promotions and more. Dates tbc.

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Marylebone Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights on one of London's most atmospheric high streets are super chic. Look up to see sparkling bows of dainty lights floating above the shops. 

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

Each year, Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland transforms the 600-year-old gardens with a light display, completely illuminating the Great Conservatory in the centre of the historic arboretum. 

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Christmas at Leadenhall Market
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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Come for the sparkle, stay for the snow and let the mulled wine flow in this vast Victorian market (better known to Harry Potter fans as ‘Diagon Alley’). 

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Christmas Lights Bike Tour
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Christmas Lights Bike Tour

A three-hour, two-wheel trundle around the capital to see its prettiest festive illuminations. After taking in the capital's most infamous lightstravaganzas like Oxford Circus, Regent St and Seven Dials, you'll end your voyage with an atmospheric bike over the Waterloo Bridge. 

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Shepherd Market Christmas Lights
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Shepherd Market Christmas Lights

This charming corner of Mayfair invites us all to its annual Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday December 5, with boutiques, pubs, restaurants and cafés in the area all open late especially when the lights come on for the first time. 

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