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When will London’s Christmas lights be switched on?

Christmas is certainly one of the most exciting times of the year, London comes to life and the festive spirit, with the glow of seasonal street lights, makes most of us happy and full of joy.

Let’s find out all the official switch on dates location by location in London.


2 NOVEMBER – OXFORD STREET

Oxford Street Christmas Lights
© David Ramirez

Oxford Street was the first London borough to announce the switch-on date of the Christmas lights. The wonderful shopping street will be illuminated from Wednesday 2nd of November.

There will be 5,000 bright stars with fewer operating hours and LED lights, so only a third of the energy will be used compared to last year.


8 NOVEMBER – CARNABY STREET

Carnaby Street Christmas
© Markus Dubrau

Carnaby Christmas lights will be switched on from Tuesday 8th of November. There will be 14 different themes including neon lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, glittering Rolling Stones tongues, oversized robins, a giant snowman, colourful palm trees as well as underwater scenes from the unforgettable Under The Sea.


8 NOVEMBER – COVENT GARDEN

Covent Garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Mistletoe chandeliers, a wonderful Christmas tree and twinkling lights will illuminate the stunning piazza from Tuesday 8th of November.


9 NOVEMBER – REGENT STREET

Regent Street Christmas
© Jamies Davies

Regent Street will switch its lights on from Wednesday 9th of November, a week after Oxford Street. The wonderful ‘Spirit of Christmas’ angels will shine above Regent Street, St James’s, Piccadilly and Jermyn Street. There won’t be a switch-on event with fireworks and music this year as it used to be.


17 NOVEMBER – BOND STREET

Bond Street Christmas
© Mark Higham

Bond Street is getting a new Christmas make-over! The famous peacock decorations will be replaced with regally-themed lights from Thursday 17th of November 2022.

The illuminations, featuring more than 90,000 LED lights, are inspired by the Crown Jewels, as well as the many jewellery stores which trade on Bond Street.


OTHER LOCATIONS:

Southbank, 3 November

Leicester Square Christmas Market, 9 November

Marylebone Village, 10 November

Christmas at Kew, 16 November

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 18 November

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, TBC

Mayfair and Belgravia, TBC

Seven Dials, TBC


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