Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year in London. The city comes alive with festive lights, spreading joy all around. Let’s explore the official switch-on dates at different locations in London.
2 NOVEMBER – OXFORD STREET
Oxford Street was the first in London to reveal its Christmas lights switch-on date. The famous shopping street will shine brightly from Thursday, 2nd November.
With 4,250 dazzling stars and a sky full of stars, the lights will bring festive cheer to Oxford Street every day from 4 pm to 11 pm.
2 NOVEMBER – CARNABY STREET
UPDATE: Due to the severe weather warning, the switch-on event has been rescheduled for November 8th
The Carnaby Christmas lights will be switched on starting Thursday, 2nd November, featuring the captivating “Carnaby Universe” installation. This unique display immerses you in vibrant neon spheres of colour and swirling light waves, creating a dynamic vortex on Carnaby Street.
UPDATE: due to the severe weather warning, the switch-on event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 8th.
7 NOVEMBER – COVENT GARDEN
For the first time in nearly a decade, Covent Garden is unveiling a fresh Christmas installation inspired by classic golden bells.
On the 7th of November, the renowned Covent Garden Christmas lights will be illuminated. The spectacle will feature more than 40 oversized bells adorned with bows, 12 enormous baubles, and 8 spinning mirror balls, all beautifully showcased in their iconic Market Building.
9 NOVEMBER – REGENT STREET
Regent Street will light up from Thursday, 9th November. The enchanting ‘Spirit of Christmas’ angels will radiate their glow over Regent Street, St James’s, Piccadilly, and Jermyn Street.
TO BE CONFIRMED – BOND STREET
The majestic-themed lights are expected to return in mid-November. These illuminations, adorned with over 90,000 LED lights, draw inspiration from the Crown Jewels and the numerous jewellery shops that line Bond Street.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival, 28 October
Seven Dials, 7 November
Leicester Square Christmas Market, 8 November
Marylebone Village, 9 November
St Christopher’s Place, 14 November
Christmas at Kew, 15 November
Belgravia, 15 November
Mayfair, 16 November
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 17 November
Chelsea, 18 November
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, 7 December
The Shard, TBC
King’s Cross, TBC
Greenwich Market, TBC
Leadenhall Market, TBC
Connaught Village, TBC
Looking for free things to do in London during the Christmas season?
Join our ‘pay what you can’ Christmas Lights Tour!