Regent Street Christmas Lights

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Regent Street Christmas Lights
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

The grand shopping stretch gets its usual Christmas makeover with garlands of lights down the length of the road. The 2016 display is a throwback to Regent Street's first set of Christmas lights, which went up in 1954. The decorations will form one part of a wider display that will run all the way from Oxford Circus to Waterloo Place via Piccadilly and St James's. Central London's set to sparkle. Look out for details of the entertainment at the switch-on event, which will take place on November 17.

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Charles Miller
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Ok, so they've changed the film they are advertising, but the 12 days of Christmas lights are exactly the same as last year. Not just similar, identical. Totally unimpressed.

Laura James-Ross
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Good fun. Emma and Mel sounded great, as did all the guests. The fireworks and lights were spectacular when they eventually worked! Its always a shame though that only the first few rows get to see the stage higher next year!

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Got there at 6:30 and we couldn't even get through the barriers! There was a HUGE amount of space left with only a select few being able to pass. Absolute waste of time and a MASSIVE disappointment! (N) Also the "fireworks' were little more than party poppers and the screens on which you watch the show on were too small and the sound was almost muted! Never bothering to go there again.

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So disappointed with this event! Me and my partner took time off work to spend the day in London to watch the Christmas lights switch on for the first time, we we're shopping around London for most of the day and 2 hours before the switch on we headed to regent street and we were told from all of the stewards exit only! They were not allowing any more people in and had blocked off every entrance to regent street! So we had no choice but to go home very disappointed along with a lot of other people. It was not organised well at all as all the stewards we're telling different people different entrances and it turned out all of them we're exit only.


Love the Regents lights, love the angels. Love the lights. London is the best city and we know how to do our Christmas lights!

Telmo M

Beautiful to walk through Rengent's Street to take some pictures. They are not the best but still a must see if you are hanging around the area.

Eneko M

So, apparently, this year the light-on is at 5pm but the street will be closed to the traffic during the afternoon until 6pm so hopefully there will be space for everyone. Really looking forward to it.

stefan spargo

Was a great day out and a very special event. My little nephew saw his his first christmas lights was magical. Thank you!


Love this day!!! We are local and enjoy Christmas in London!!! Always inviting friends from abroad, Enjoying together!!!


This will be our first Christmas together as a single family and we can forget things for a few hours to watch the beautiful lights and show -all for free. Great information

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Amazing! Just moved to London and all the house are gonna be enjoying this - thanks for the info, very well written :)

Ian Harrison
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This sounds like the perfect start for my girl friend her 13 year old daughter my 10 year old daughter and my self to start our first Christmas together as a family and for me to ask her to marry me , as we all have never been to see the Christmas lights in London and will be a day to remember

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Looks like fun. Good article. I'm visiting from NY this weekend and will check it out. Im often in London, so would love to win the theater points!

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most info so far been looking for lots of things to do but so hard to find good solid bits of info. so thanks alot as this really helped plan my weekend

debi hunter
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hard to find interesting things to do for free great to promote community events i usually go to the firework display for new years eve and love the community spirit well done its good to be informed

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very good. just what I wanted to take the grand children too. good information