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Christmas Lights in London

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Christmas Lights in London
Christmas Lights in London
Christmas Lights in London
Oxford Street
Oxford Street
Regent Street
Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party
Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party
Marylebone Christmas Lights
Marylebone Christmas Lights
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Kingston Town Centre Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights at Westfield London
Covent Garden Christmas
Covent Garden Christmas
Covent Garden Christmas
Regent Street
Duke of York Square Christmas Lights
 

 

They may seem to go up earlier every year but that still doesn't take away from the magic of London's Christmas lights and decorations. Illuminating much of central London, they come in all forms - traditional, classy, quirky and in-your-face. So if you want to enjoy London at its brightest best, take a look at our Christmas hotels getaway guide.

Christmas in London 2014 Map

Check out the LondonTown.com map of Christmas Lights in London.

 
 

Christmas Lights at Westfield London

Rita Ora switches on the lights at Westfield London on Monday 3rd November 2014.

Westfield London - Shepherd's Bush, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7DS

Tube: Wood Lane Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central), Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: 03rd November - 05th January 2015

 

Rita Ora is to switch-on the Christmas lights at Westfield London on Monday 3rd November from 6pm, joined by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast presenter, Nick Grimshaw, to officially launch Christmas at the Shepherd's Bush shopping centre. Performing in The Atrium at Westfield London for ticket holders - who need to be in their viewing areas by 5pm - the performance is also being streamed on selected screens inside the centre. Westfield's decorations are a sparkling sight, adding a festive atmosphere to the west London mall. Shoppers can enjoy the light displays whilst taking a shopping-break skate around the Westfield ice rink.

 
 
 

Covent Garden Christmas

Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas during the festive period.

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 04th November - 02nd January 2015

 

Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas. From 4th November the area is decorated with 150,000 sparkling pealights, and - a new arrival for 2014 - a giant 22-feet tall silver reindeer. The London Youth Choir marks the switch-on moment with a free, open-air performance featuring traditional festive carols with a modern twist. And Crosstown Doughnuts is giving away personalised Covent Garden ringed doughnuts filled with homemade raspberry jam throughout the evening.

 
 
 

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

X Factor judge Cheryl turns on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights.

Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 06th November 2014

 

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (better known as Cheryl Cole) officially turns on the crowd-pulling Oxford Street Christmas Lights on 6th November, lighting up London's most famous shopping street with 1,778 baubles and 750,000 LED energy-efficient bulbs. This year's show includes performances from Manchester boyband Rixton and singer songwriter Jess Glynne, best known for featuring on Clean Bandit's single "Rather Be", and the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as performers take to the stage at John Lewis Oxford Street. A first for this event, one aspiring artist chosen from the Talent Starts Here campaign, also gets the chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

 
 
 

Duke of York Square Christmas Lights

Victorian carts serve roasted chestnuts, toffee apples, and popcorn.

Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 4LY

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 08th November - 24th December 2014

 

Duke of York Square, a lovely pedestrianised area just off Sloane Square, gets in the festive spirit with a day of free activities to mark the first time its Christmas Lights are lit up on Saturday the 8th November. The free event begins at 3pm with family-friendly activities, real-life reindeer and a chance to meet Santa's helpers, the elves, who will be happy to put in a good word for you with the big man himself. Added to these are traditional Victorian carts serving roasted chestnuts, toffee apples, candy floss and popcorn. There's face painting for visitors of all ages, minced pies and mulled wine, and a cracking carol choir singing a chorus of festive favourites.

 
 
 

Carnaby Christmas Lights and Shopping Party

Carnaby Christmas Lights launch with a shopping party with discounts and DJ's.

Carnaby Street, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1F 7DN

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 04th January 2015

 

Renowned for its unique festive decorations, Carnaby Street is lit up on Thursday 13th November 2014, launching with a shopping party with over 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars offering a 20 per cent discount to ticket holders - tickets are free but you do need to register. Carnaby always has fun and quirky decorations - it was oversized robins suspended mid-flight last year - but what will be over the world famous Carnaby arches this year? Find out when they're switched on with a star DJ line up on Carnaby Street including DJ Becky Tong, Leah Weller and Jodie Harsh, as well as 50 DJ's spinning tunes in stores. Gemma Cairney, Georgie Okell and Georgia LA, aka The Fox Problem, are on the decks, counting down to the launch at 6.30pm.

 
 
 

Kingston Town Centre Christmas Lights

Father Christmas himself switches on Kingston's Christmas Lights on 13th November 2014.

Kingston upon Thames, High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1EU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 01st January 2015

 

Kingston always puts on a good show to mark the switching on of the Christmas Lights and this year they don't disappoint. Visitors to the opening night are treated to free family entertainment with live music from local choirs, Christmas street entertainers and Father Christmas switching on Kingston Town Centre's Christmas Lights.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

A spectacular light display on London's famous shopping street.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th November - 24th December 2014

 

The Regent Street lights are some of the most breathtaking in the capital with a spectacular Christmas show and fireworks display marking the moment they're switched on. The turning on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights on 16th November is carried out by a well-known celebrity - Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston did the honours last year - though this year's guest is yet to be revealed we do know that the show will begin at 4pm with the switch on taking place at approximately 4.45pm. Banning traffic for the occasion, the street has a great, festive atmosphere and the lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.

 
 
 

Marylebone Christmas Lights

Actress Jessica Hynes switches on the lights on Wednesday 19th November 2014

Marylebone High Street, , Marylebone, London, W1U 5HD

Tube: Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 19th November - 01st January 2015

 

Award winning actress and writer Jessica Hynes, best known for her roles in Spaced, Twenty Twelve and Up the Women, is switching on this year's Marylebone Christmas Lights on Wednesday 19th November 2014 when live bands and fun fair rides bring festive cheer to this chic corner of central London. There's fun for all the family with Santa's reindeer appearing at the north end of Marylebone High Street, for all to pet and feed. Other activities include a Christmas card drawing competition, children's rides and stalls. Lovely local shops like L.K. Bennett and Paul Smith, Emma Bridgewater and La Fromagerie all get involved offering refreshments, discounts and prizes for the tombola. Just a short walk away from the crowded throng of Oxford Street lies Marylebone High Street and its rarefied delights, from Compton des Cotonniers to Agnes and Rose, Daunt Books to Designers Guild, it's the perfect place to enjoy upmarket shopping without the scrum.

 
 
 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

Trafalgar Square's giant Christmas tree is a festive must-see.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 04th - 23rd December 2014

 

Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square receives a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (8th-23rd Dec) a different choir gathers there to sing carols and raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. Passers-by are welcome to come and listen to the carols in the square, and even join in the festive cheer. Nelson's Column is decorated with Norwegian white lights and the tree is illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.

 
 
 
 
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