10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the City

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London’s Christmas lights are noted for their great beauty, but also their variety. From chic, modern light displays to more traditional fare, these lights can be found all over the city, and are often accompanied by great shopping and entertainment.  Switching on the festive lights has become a British tradition, often watched by huge crowds. In this blog we’ll take a closer look at the best displays you’ll see on your festive visit to the UK capital…

  • Oxford Street Christmas Lights

From 6th November 2019

The switch-on of the Oxford Street Christmas lights signals to many people that the festive season has truly arrived! They are unveiled in early November, and provide the perfect illumination for late-night shopping excursions to this popular retail district within easy reach of Montcalm London.

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In keeping with such a popular set of Christmas lights, they are frequently turned on by a famous figure or well-known UK celebrity, and the event itself is sure to include lots of live performances and special offers. It’s not yet known what the lights will look like this year, so there’s plenty of surprises in store!

  • Seven Dials Christmas Lights

Date TBC

The Christmas lights in Seven Dials are usually accompanied by a major shopping event, enabling visitors to grab a few bargains while watching stunning illuminations take shape. Expect discounts, special events and special offers in the surrounding shops, restaurants and bars – perfect for anyone seeking a bite-size glimpse at London’s shopping culture and nightlife while staying at luxury accommodation in London.

  • Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

From 7th November 2019

Carnaby Street is already regarded as one of the most creative areas of London, and this year the Christmas display is certainly helping to solidify this reputation! With an oceanic theme, look out for the vibrant sealife hovering overhead, all designed in air of conservation charity Project O.

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With the switch-on event scheduled for 7th November 2019, this will also be accompanied by discounts throughout the shopping district, enabling fashionable Londoners to shop for gifts, try some of the local restaurants and much more.

  • Savile Row Christmas Lights

From 7th November 2019

For the first time ever, Savile Row is installing its own Christmas lights for 2019. The launch event is set to take place in November, and in keeping with such a stylish district, model David Gandy will be taking charge of the official switch-on.

As this is the first time Savile Row have installed festive decorations, nobody is entirely sure what to expect – but this only adds another reason to take a look yourself while staying at a hotel and spa in London.

  • Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

From 7th November 2019

As with so many other areas of the city, Carnaby Street’s Christmas lights will be switched on during the evening of 7th November 2019. They have already developed a great reputation as some of the most distinctive anywhere in London, and this year is sure to be no different.

Expect neon creations and bright, musically-themed additions. Last year was all centred around Freddie Mercury, so who knows what is in store for 2019?

  • Covent Garden Christmas Lights

From 12th November 2019

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The cobbled streets of Covent Garden provide a stunning backdrop for creative Christmas displays, complete with a Christmas tree and thousands of lights. The decorations are often elegantly-themed, and the lights are switched on by a variety of celebrities. This year’s theme and host remains unknown, but there’s sure to be something exciting lined-up for visitors!

Heading to see the lights would make the ideal after-dark excursion after enjoying a day at the spa and afternoon tea in London.

  • Regent Street Christmas Lights

From 14th November 2019

The Regent Street Christmas lights present another wonderful opportunity to truly immerse yourself in festive fun, with stunning displays which often include a traditional theme. The current display is designed to help replicate the first-ever Christmas lights which were installed here, all the way back in 1954. For a glimpse at the decorations that accompanied shoppers during the mid-20th century, this is a delightful blast from the past perfect for getting you in the Christmas spirit.

  • Christmas at Kew Gardens

From 17th November 2019

Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful spots in the city, championing a wide range of flora and fauna from around the world, whilst also cultivating local plant-life. A top attraction in London, at Christmas it can be seen in a whole new way, with futuristic festive touches including laser beam light shows, and for 2019, a waterfall of light which will help illuminate the tree canopies in time for the festive season.

Nature lovers will not want to miss this, but it’s also sure to impress anyone who is truly enthused about Christmas lights.

  • Marylebone Christmas Lights

From 13th November 2019

Marylebone is one of the city’s most atmospheric districts, with plenty of chic shops to explore. The area is known for its fantastic lighting at Christmas, which includes dainty, sparkling bows which float high above the streets. This in turn creates a wonderfully atmospheric space for anyone eager to enjoy some local shopping.

  • Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Date TBC

Leadenhall Market is a truly beautiful market, located underneath a vaulted roof which dates back to the Victorian era. It’s so beloved that its even found its way into popular fiction, doubling as Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series. While this is a delightful place to visit all year round, at Christmas there’s something extra-special in the air.

Expect mulled wine and live music, as well as sparkling festive lights which will leave you truly enchanted by London’s festive delights. The official launch date has yet to be confirmed, but as with each year, Leadenhall Market is sure to have something truly special planned.