Bright lights, big city – Christmas lights in London
As the evenings begin to draw in and the temperature drops, what could be better to lift the spirits and start the Christmas countdown than visiting the dazzling lights on display in London? The tradition of switching on the Christmas lights draws thousands of spectators each year in the run-up to Christmas and is a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face and banish the winter blues with a little bit of sparkle. Get switched on for Christmas with our handy guide to the best of the Christmas lights in London.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
As is traditional, the entire length of Oxford Street will once again be garlanded in 1778 beautiful glowing white orbs and over 750,000 LED energy-efficient bulbs. Special guests will be on-hand to make the event extra special as well as music from the winners of the national competition ‘Talent Starts Here’. The show starts at dusk outside John Lewis, allowing you to do some late-night west-end shopping afterwards.
Thur 6 Nov – Sun Jan 4. Tube: Oxford Street
Regent Street Christmas Lights
The highly anticipated Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on will be taking place on Sunday 16 November with a host of celebrity guests and thousands of visitors flocking to the street for the occasion. The entire street will be traffic-free with activities from midday culminating in the show which begins at 4pm and the lights being switched on at 4.45pm. A stunning firework display will follow.
Sun Nov 16 – Jan 5. Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus.
Duke Of York Square, King’s Road, Chelsea
Chelsea’s dazzling Christmas lights will be switched on at Duke of York Square on Saturday 8 November at 5.30pm with Santa, elves and reindeer also in attendance. Celebrate this magical time of year from 3pm with traditional carol singing and eating roasted chestnuts and toffee apples from Victorian Carts. Christmas shoppers will also benefit from a complimentary gift wrapping service.
Sat Nov 8. Tube: Sloane Square
Fayre of St James and the Jermyn Street Christmas Lights
A very special evening of carols, readings and performance is being organised by the Quintessentially Foundation and The Crown Estate to raise funds for Rays of Sunshine – a charity which grants wishes for seriously ill children across the UK. Following the star-studded concert at St James’ Piccadilly, guests will relocate to Jermyn Street to see the Christmas lights being switched on, followed by a party in Mayfair restaurant Quaglino’s.
Thur November 27. Tube: Piccadilly. For tickets, please visit The Quintessentially Foundation