Are you feeling festive yet? We are! At London Perfect, we are loving the Christmas lights in the city. It’s the most magical time of the year in London and mesmerizing light displays are everywhere. Every year, the streets of London are decked out with dazzling Christmas lights of all shapes, sizes, and colors. From the shopping districts of Oxford Street to Kew Gardens, almost every popular spot is decorated in festive attire.
If you’re residing at one of our fabulously festive London homes, you’ll get bird’s eye views of the Christmas decorations and we can assist you in planning your itinerary. So, which displays are the best? Here are our top ten Christmas light displays.
The Oxford Street lights were switched on early – mid-November in fact – but, it makes for a magical shopping experience. This year’s lights were switched on by Rita Ora and were described as “falling snowflakes” boasting 1,778 baubles. With the recent news that Oxford Street will soon become a fully pedestrianized area, it’s likely that the lights will get bigger and brighter every year. This year, Oxford Street has also partnered with the NSPCC again to raise awareness of their Christmas campaigns.
Many Londoners say that Regent Street has one of the most magical Christmas displays. This year, the road was closed for a special shopping event, where exclusive deals and discounts were on offer to all customers. There were also some celebrity appearances from musicians Paloma Faith and Clean Bandit. Double-act Michael Ball and Alfie Boe joined Heart FM’s Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston to turn on the angelic lights.
A street that’s already full of color, this year Carnaby Street threw a party with legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE as they counted down the lights going live. The free event saw thousands of shoppers populate the streets, eagerly awaiting the switch on. The lights include neon coconut trees, giant party poppers, exotic birds and thousands of sequins – a true homage to the spirit of Carnaby Street.
Heading over to the more glamorous Bond Street with some of the world’s top designer brands, the lights glittering above shoppers heads are always a sight to behold. This year, feathers line the entire street and in the past, some buildings were dressed up like giant presents. Glitzy baubles dangle above at St. Christopher’s as you run through your Christmas list, providing all the festive feels.
The debut of the iconic Christmas tree and lights at Covent Garden was celebrated with Pudsey bear (of Children in Need), Kylie Minogue and Charlotte Tilbury plus an energetic crowd. The acclaimed West End musical 42nd Street also took to the stage to wow spectators, before handing over to Kylie for the big reveal. Over 115,000 lights adorn the pretty shopping spot Covent Garden this year, so make sure to stop by and get into the festive spirit.
There are seven streets and each one has it’s own little quirk, ultimately creating a lovely link from Covent Garden to Soho. The Seven Dials Christmas lights also connect together – just like the seven streets do. The opening came with a bespoke musical arrangement created by Some Voices, providing plenty of festive tunes, discounted deals in stores and a free glass of the Swedish tipple glögg (a classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine) is a sure-fire way to get into the swing of things.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Kew Gardens. Christmas displays and sparkly trees aside, little ones can see Santa and his elves at the North Pole village whilst enjoying a vintage fairground. Tickets are £16 for adults, £10 for children aged between 4-6, and younger children go free. Wandering around the festive illuminations here feels like stepping into Narnia.
Inhale the smell of roasted chestnuts whilst strolling along the wintery Thames to the Southbank Centre. The lights aren’t as majestic as the Oxford Street ones but they do a stellar job of adding a little sparkle each year. Be sure to stop off at the vivid Christmas markets selling trinkets and gifts perfect for stocking fillers.
Read more on our blog about Christmas, such as delicious department store dining spots for your festive shopping trip.