The Christmas Lights in London are always one of the most important parts of the holiday season. It brings the festivities front and center, and makes London a magical city to enjoy for a few months. However, most people are familiar with the Oxford Street Christmas Lights, there are plenty more around the city that are well worth enjoying. Here’s a roundup of the best for you!
Carnaby Street (November 7)
Carnaby Street, one of the most popular and unique shopping streets in London, often has a wonderfully eclectic light display. Last year they have a neon sensation inspired by the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody. This year, the lights are to be made entirely of recycled materials.
Covent Garden (November 12)
England’s busiest garden, Covent Garden will have over 115,000 lights this year. The display will have the biggest hand-picked Christmas tree in London, and over 320 meters of garland, and 40 mistletoe chandeliers will also be on display.
The celebrity button pusher is still to be announced.
Marylebone High Street (November 13)
The boutique distric of London, Marylebone’s festive lights will be turned on as part of a party on November 13. Father Christmas and his grotto will be there, perfect for kids. There’ll also be live music and mulled wine. All proceeds go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Regent Street (November 14)
The pinnacle of Christmas Lights in London, starting its tradition in 1954, with its famous angels will once again fly this year. The street will likely be pedestrianized for the turning on of the lights.
Chelsea Christmas Lights (November 17)
King’s Road and Sloane Square will have their displays of Christmas lights this year, bringing the holiday spirit to Chelsea. The displays will be unveiled on King’s Road, consisting of decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, for whom the road was originally built.
From the early afternoon there will be performers, carol singers, and various entertainment for all to enjoy. At 5pm, Santa will turn the lights on, with the help of a local child nominated by families in need of a bit of Christmas cheer.
Kew Gardens (November 17)
Kew Gardens is promising to deliver this year, with more sparkle than before. Last year’s display included one million lights, so it’s expected to be bright! The Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, will be the canvas for a kaleidoscopic laser show. Expect plenty of colour, lights, and excitement on their trail. There’ll also be food available at the mini food village, in Kew’s new restaurant. There’ll also be a serving of Christmas dinner available to pre-book.
Northbank (December 2)
See the Strand and Villiers Street light up with the Northbank from early December. The turning on of the lights is free to enjoy.
Trafalgar Square (December 6)
Not always receiving the warmest welcome, but the thank you gift from Norway of a large Christmas tree is pretty iconic, considering it has been happening since 1947. The ‘Queen of the Forest’, this giant 25-metre tree, gets chopped in November before riding the waves to sit in the center of Trafalgar Square.
The switch on will be on the first Thursday of Decembe.