Twinkling lights, floating spirits and a kaleidoscope of butterflies can only mean one thing. London’s most iconic streets are about to light up for Christmas! 

From Oxford Street to Carnaby Street, Marylebone Village to Covent Garden, read on to find out where to see the most spectacular light displays in London this year and when they’ll be turning on.

Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Carnaby Street 

Carnaby Street, the area rooted in culture and music history, has welcomed a kaleidoscope of butterflies to flutter throughout the streets this winter. 

Visitors can expect to find over 600 sparkly butterflies overhead, greeting them as they flit through the array of independent stores and eateries dotted around the area. Each 3D and 2D butterfly has been hand decorated with reflective wings and bright neon  patterns, making it quite the sight this Christmas. The installation represents life, highlighting spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life. 

From 4th November
www.carnaby.co.uk

Oxford Street

Last year saw London’s biggest shopping high street light up with 27 LED light curtains, brimming with over 222,000 lights and they launched two weeks earlier than usual in the hope to help with social distancing measures. This year, however, sees an arrival of flurrying stars criss-crossing along the high street. 

The light display was part of the London’s West End switch on that took place at the weekend. It saw over 1 million LED bulbs light up 20 streets across the area, making it the world’s largest light switch on, and it’s been popping up on our Insta feeds ever since. Don’t miss the dazzling light display or the chance to grab some last minute Christmas presents while you’re at it.

 

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This year sees an arrival of flurrying stars criss-crossing along the high street. 

From 13th November
www.oxfordstreet.co.uk

Covent Garden

Covent Garden doesn’t take Christmas lightly. Visitors can expect to find a whole host of festive fun down at the popular destination, from giant nutcrackers to daily snowfall showers. And of course their iconic 55ft British grown Christmas tree in all of its dazzling glory. Over 115,000 lights will be on display too.

Alongside the lights, a fun family-friendly series will take place dedicated to Disney’s Frozen, including a Frozen Forest and Frozen Infinity Chamber. Ten Frozen ice sculptures will be on display too, allowing fellow ice princesses to snap up photos of the magical kingdom. 

From 1st December, there’ll also be a giant LEGO adventure attraction popping up too, featuring a rocket race car, cactus Xmas tree and fire fighting dragon. 

From 8th November
www.coventgarden.london

Marylebone Village

Martin and Roman Kemp were in charge of lighting up Marylebone Village this year, bringing back the return of the area’s simple, yet stylish light display. 

Head over to Marylebone Village for the festive season and fall in love with its quirks, beauty and lights. Filled with boutiques, bars and bookshops, it’s a little easier to manage when the Christmas shopping commences.

From 10th November
www.marylebonevillage.com

Regent Street

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ returns to Regent Street and St James’s for yet another year, bringing with it 45 large scale ‘spirits’ that’ll float above the high street 

Designed by James Glancy Design, the 300,000 LED lighting scheme will operate on a timer for a more sustainably lit Christmas. Head down to soak up the lights, do some Christmas shopping and of course snap a photo underneath the twinkling spirits.

From 13th November
www.regentstreetonline.com

Chelsea

Chelsea’s festive season will be kicking off on 20th November, bringing with it all of the festive cheer and hope we all need to get us through the end of yet another strange year. The display covers Sloane Square, Duke of York Square, King’s Road and Pavilion Road.

Santa himself will be in charge of switching on Chelsea’s displays! To celebrate, the day will be filled with festive fun, from a Christmas edition of the Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square to Rudolph and his reindeer friends popping up on the Running Track opposite the Saatchi. 

From 20th November
www.cadogan.co.uk

Seven Dials 

Seven Dials is getting prepared for Christmas. This Thursday will see their flurry of lights return to the iconic area, along with a Winter Festival that’ll take place Friday 19th – Sunday 21st November. 

Expect the area to be bringing with live music, on-street entertainment, workshops, late night shopping and exclusive discounts all weekend long.

From 18th November
www.sevendials.co.uk

Royal Exchange 2019

Royal Exchange

Christmas commences this December at the Royal Exchange. Previous years has seen glistening trees inside the courtyard dressed in red and gold, creating a traditionally festive atmosphere within the iconic architectural backdrop.

This year, however, sees florist Shilpa Reddy put her seasonal expertise to the test with a stunning installation of real spruce and natural foliage arching the building’s main entrance. There’ll also be four glorious trees inside the grand courtyard of the iconic building.

Trafalgar Square 

The highlight of Trafalgar Square’s Christmas experience is the towering 20 meter plus tree lit up in the centre of the square. The tree has been gifted to the city each year by Norway since 1947. The date for the switch on is yet to be confirmed but head down this December to catch the square in all of its shining glory.

Dates TBC

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is rich in history, dating back to the 14th century, originally a meat, poultry and game market. Fast forward to now and it’s filled with some of the best boutiques, dining spots and luxury lifestyle stores on offer in the city. 

Its beloved annual light ceremony will take place on Friday 19th November, which will see the Lord Mayor of London take on the honour of switching the lights on.

From 19th November
www.leadenhallmarket.co.uk

Mount Street

One of the city’s swankiest shopping destinations, Mount Street’s Christmas lights never disappoint to wow tourists, passersby and Londoners time and time again. Dates for their Christmas reveal are yet to be announced but if previous years are anything to go by, we can rest assured we’re in good hands. Also, incredibly eager to see who’ll be styling The Connaught’s hotel Christmas tree too, previous years include Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. 

Dates TBC


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