Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas. From 6th November the area will be decorated with a shimmering 60ft tree, a 15ft topiary reindeer and thousands of twinkling pea lights and baubles. Taking inspiration from last year's LEGO advent calendar, this year also welcomes a brand-new LEGO creation on 14th November. Plus, the live reindeer petting returns to the West Piazza, providing the chance to feed Santa's helpers every Saturday from 9th November to 21st December, and acclaimed theatre company Look Left Look Right perform the world premiere of pantomime Once Upon A Christmas. Taking audiences behind the scenes of Christmas, the performance is a blend of reality and fantasy in a reunion of Prince Charming and Cinderella.
Christmas Lights in London
Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas during the festive period.
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Dates: 06th November - 02nd January 2014
A spectacular light display themed on animated film 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'.
Regent Street, , Soho, London, W1B 5SJ
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 09th November - 04th January 2014
Leona Lewis and Eliza Doolittle provide the live entertainment for this year's Regent Street Christmas Lights switch-on show on 9th November hosted by Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston. The Regent Street lights are some of the most breathtaking in the capital and this year they are themed around the new 20th century Fox DreamWorks animated film 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' and the Emmy award winning actor Ty Burrell (the voice of Mr Peabody) and Hollywood film director Tim Minkoff (Disney's The Lion King) will be turning on the lights. Banning traffic for the occasion, the street boasts a whole day of entertainment, commencing with a fashion show that features many of the famous Regent Street brands such as Jaeger, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Brooks Brothers. The light displays themselves are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.
This year the street offers a classic snowstorm display.
Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN
Tube: Bond Street Station
Dates: 12th November - 04th January 2014
Jessie J, Conor Maynard and X-Factor winner James Arthur will be performing live at this year's Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch-on, hosted by Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry. After Jessie and her fellow pop stars have performed outside the iconic Selfridges store the Do It Like A Dude singer will switch on the new display of 'snow flake' inspired Christmas lights. London's most famous shopping street takes it up a level this year with a new £1.5 million display. Inspired by falling snowflakes and the atmospheric Christmas lights of Japan, Madrid and Berlin, the new design will envelope the whole mile of Oxford Street in a blanket of bright white globes, providing the illusion of the white Christmas we all long for.
Hundreds of oversized 3D robins light up the 13 streets of Carnaby.
Carnaby Street, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1F 7DN
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 14th November - 05th January 2014
Renowned for its unique festive decorations, Carnaby Street takes a 'Year of the Robin' theme this year, lighting up the area with hundreds of oversized 3D robins. There will be a variety of robin sizes, including five huge illuminated robins suspended mid-flight above the 13 streets of Carnaby. The world famous Carnaby arches will be suitably dress with sparkling pea-lights and a glittering snow finish, with a robin perched on top. Switched on at 6pm on 14th November, the Carnaby Christmas Lights coincide with a mega Christmas Party on the street. More than 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Carnaby will be taking party in the party, with many offering a special 20% discount. Shoppers will be treated to live music, free drinks, goodie bags and trend talks with Grazia Magazine's Angela Buttolph. Plus, there will be the chance to win a £1,000 Carnaby shopping spree by submitting a photo of the Christmas decorations on social media channels with #Carnaby within the post.
With a circus theme, magicians and acrobats help turn the lights on in Kingston this year.
Kingston upon Thames, High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1EU
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 14th November - 01st January 2014
Kingston always puts on a good show to mark the switching on of the Christmas Lights and this year they don't disappoint with a circus theme. Visitors will be treated to an enchanting show with magicians and acrobats. Plus, a Christmas choir and festive foods such as Sicilian biscotti, award-winning cheese, a carvery, sweet treats and mulled wine. A large array of stalls will be selling handmade arts and crafts, and creative gifts.
Trafalgar Square's giant Christmas tree is a festive must-see.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Dates: 09th - 22nd December 2013
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 (9th-22nd 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.
14th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Covent Garden Christmas
Regent Street Christmas Lights
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Carnaby Christmas Lights and Party
Kingston Town Centre Christmas Lights
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Christmas in London
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Christmas Grottos in London
Christmas Trees in London
London Christmas Shows, Pantos & Attractions
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
New Year's Eve in London
Christmas Restaurant Booking in London
Christmas Hotels in London
- Christmas Lights in London
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