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Top 14 Christmas lights in London

Celebrate the most magical time of the year as London Christmas lights sparkle over the festive season.

From the twinkling Oxford Street Christmas lights to the beautiful decorations illuminating Covent Garden and the shimmering spirits on Regent Street, don't miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas. Hop on a Christmas lights bus tour to see all the best sparkles in the city.

The locations below host some of London's top Christmas lights, which you can usually see from November until early January – check back soon for more confirmed displays to enjoy across the city during Christmas 2021.

Christmas at Kew

Blue laser-style lights spread out from the Palm House at Kew Gardens at night.
Christmas at Kew © RBG Kew. Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.

Explore a twinkling trail with Christmas at Kew. Look out for dazzling immersive installations including botanical-themed projections and trees bathed in light, before taking a selfie surrounded by thousands of pea lights and spotting a spectacular finale light up the Palm House. Finish off the enchanting experience with a warming mulled wine and mince pies this Christmas in London. 17 Nov-9 Jan

Carnaby Christmas lights

Butterfly light installations flutter above the streets of Carnaby as crowds look on at the display.
Christmas lights in Carnaby. Image courtesy of Sister London.

Smile at every step you make around one of the capital's coolest areas, as it glows with a themed display each year as part of Carnaby Christmas lights. This year, you can spot sparkling neon butterflies fluttering above Carnaby Street, which is filled with independent boutiques. Make sure to visit the festive Choose Love pop-up shop – perfect for some Christmas shopping! From 4 Nov

South Bank Christmas lights

Garlands of Christmas lights illuminate the riverside area of the South Bank with wooden chalets in front of the Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre Winter Market. Credit: India Roper-Evans. Image courtesy of Southbank Centre.

Stroll along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights and artworks as part the outdoor Winter Light exhibition. Admire the art installations with a mulled wine in hand, browse the wooden chalets at Southbank Centre's Winter Market (4 Nov-24 Dec) or catch a performance of Circus 19034 Nov-9 Jan

Covent Garden Christmas lights

Mistletoe chandeliers, mirror balls and lights sparkle above crowds in Covent Garden's market building at Christmas
Christmas in Covent Garden. Copyright: visitlondon.com/Ben Pipe. Image courtesy of visitlondon.com/Ben Pipe.

Amble around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, which are transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period. Marvel at mistletoe chandeliers, a magnificent Christmas tree, giant nutcrackers and more than 115,000 twinkling Covent Garden Christmas lights illuminating the 19th-century Piazza. You might even spot some flurries of snow! From 9 Nov

Marylebone Village lights

Admire the twinkling lights and garlands of Marylebone Village, as this chic area buckles up for the annual Merry Marylebone festivities. Spot famous names clad in seasonal displays, and get ready to grab special discounts throughout the magical season. From 10 Nov

Mayfair and Belgravia Christmas lights

Huge arches of blue LED Christmas lights covered in tiny lights and huge stars.
Mayfair and Belgravia Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Four Communications.

Gaze at the picture-pretty white lights decorating the boutique-filled Belgravia area, before checking out The Gingerbread City on Motcomb Street (4 Dec-9 Jan) – a delectable city of gingerbread. You can also usually spot the iconic arch illuminating South Molton Street, before indulging in some Christmas shopping. From 10 Nov

Regent Street Christmas lights

Angel-shaped white and yellow lights hang above Regent Street at night.
Regent Street Christmas lights © Shutterstock

Experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End alight with a seasonal sparkle. See the return of the magnificent spirits glittering above the entire length of Regent Street and its surrounding streets, while hunting for luxury gifts and London Christmas ornaments. 12 Nov-2 Jan

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

Take a stroll around St James's and Piccadilly to discover picture-pretty Christmas lights inspired by the statue of Anteros – the Greek god of requited love. Afterwards, you can enjoy more seasonal fun by popping into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping or sipping on a festive tipple at The Ritz. 12 Nov-2 Jan

Seven Dials Christmas lights

Twinkling Christmas lights circle the iconic roundabout in Seven Dials above crowds of people
Seven Dials Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Mischief PR.

Head to Seven Dials’ pretty cobbled streets for its annual Christmas lights display. Full of hidden gems, quirky boutiques and eclectic eateries, the area's festive installation sees twinkling white twigs with pink and silver baubles weaved throughout around the famous roundabout. From 18 Nov

Oxford Street Christmas lights

A lady wearing a face covering and a yellow bobble hat takes a selfie of the blue and yellow Oxford Street lights, which read "TO LONDON".
This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights celebrate key workers. © Matt Crossick/PA Wire. Image courtesy of Four Communications.

Be amazed by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and admire the seasonal window displays lining Oxford Street. Last year's Oxford Street Christmas lights display brought 27 dazzling curtains of light made up of more than 200,000 twinkling bulbs, which showcased a heartwarming poem to celebrate the nation's heroes and show gratitude for their service throughout 2020. From 12 Nov

Bond Street Christmas lights

A blue-lit Christmas light installation hanging above Bond Street by night.
Visit Bond Street's stores without leaving the house this weekend. © Tareq Mooradun.

See Bond Street, one of the capital's most luxurious shopping districts, garlanded with spectacular London Christmas lights. Once you've admired the glow of the Bond Street Christmas lights, look out for the exclusive stores draped in grand decorations and window displays dressed in their festive finest. From 12 Nov

Leicester Square Christmas lights

Feel the Christmas twinkle at Leicester Square as you shop for your special ones this winter. With large lit up stars stretched along the area's streets, you're sure to feel joyful and cosy over the festive season. Make sure to also drop by Christmas in Leicester Square to browse the wooden chalets for gifts or catch a show in the Spiegeltent. 12 Nov-9 Jan

Shard Lights

London lit up beside the Thames with the top of the Shard crowned in blue lights.
The Shard Christmas lights. Image courtesy of REM Limited.

Watch the London skyline light up as The Shard puts on its annual Christmas lights show. In 2020, the Shard Lights display payed tribute to the nation's NHS workers, beaming a massive "thank you" in Morse code into wintry skies, during the evening light displays. There's also usually a special display on New Year's Eve celebrating the start of the new year! From 1 Dec

King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yard Christmas lights

The Terrarium Tree in Coal Drops Yard, made up of hanging terrariums and baubles, light up in red.
Find the most unique Christmas trees in London this magical season. Credits: John Sturrock.

Visit the area while it's bedazzled with "traditionally untraditional" installations for Christmas in London. Previously, you could pose underneath the colourful lights and explore a sculptural festive forest on Granary Square, spot a giant terrarium tree in Coal Drops Yard and check out the interactive tree at Battle Bridge Place. Then, shop for gifts from the area's trendy stores or join a festive craft workshop. 2021 TBC

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Be sure to explore the capital's picture-perfect Christmas markets and find plenty more festive things to do this Christmas in London.

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