The magic awaits! There’s no better time of year to enjoy London than at Christmas, when streets throughout the capital are transformed into dazzling festive illuminations. Here are the best Christmas lights in London in 2016:
From November 17th, Regent Street will feature one of the most spectacular Christmas lights displays in the country. This year, the display, named the Spirit of Christmas, will begin on November 17th and last until the end of the year. See the 16 large spirits with 17-metre wing spans, and follow the lights all along Regent Street and towards St James’s.
Displayed until January 6th, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights are one of the biggest festive decorations in Europe, with around a three quarters of a million LED light bulbs and nearly 2,000 snowball-themed decorations. Oxford Street is also hailed for its department stores, from clothing brands like American Apparel and House of Fraser, to luxury brands like Selfridges and budget-friendly stores like Primark.
Carnaby Christmas Lights
In swinging ’60’s style, the Carnaby Christmas Lights party is held from November 10th to December 31st and is free to enter, although you’ll need to register online for a ticket. See fabulous festive creations of dozens of leading fashion brands, and ticket holds can enjoy a 20-percent discount for souvenirs, restaurants and bars.
Duke of York Square Christmas Lights
On King’s Road in the affluent neighbourhood of Chelsea, these Christmas lights include a picturesque illuminated tree display in Sloane Square, home to the Grade II-Listed non-commercial Royal Court Theatre.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Including bright laser beams that appear to dance above water, the illuminations are a botanical winter wonderland. See the majestic Tunnel of Lights, visit Santa and his elves at the North Pole village, and choose a Christmas souvenir to take home with you. You can explore the botanical wonderland trail between 5pm and 10pm from November 23rd until January 2nd (excluding Nov 28, 29, Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 24 and 25).
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