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Top 12 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.

Last year, the locations listed below hosted some of London's top Christmas lights, which you can usually see from November until early January.

Stay tuned as some light displays have not been confirmed yet.

Enjoy a London Christmas lights tour

Grab a seat atop an open top bus for top-notch snapshots of London's light displays! See the city adorned with twinkling lights on a sightseeing night tour or book your place for a special bus tour weaving through the best Christmas lights in the capital.

Just ensure to act responsibly, follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe when out and about.

Christmas at Kew

Explore a twinkling trail with Christmas at Kew. Look out for dazzling immersive installations including a tunnel of bells 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.

Winterfest at Wembley Park

Drop by Wembley Park for a quirky trail of Christmas lights decorations during Winterfest. Lose yourself in a playground of immersive light installations under this year's theme, United in Light. Find a 100-metre-long (328 ft) light tunnel, Reflections of the Future, among a lineup of multi-sensory artworks from across the world.

Oxford Street Christmas lights

Be amazed by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and admire the seasonal window displays lining Oxford Street, which is lit up much earlier this year. This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights display brings more than 25 dazzling curtains of light made up of more than 200,000 twinkling bulbs which showcase a heart-warming poem to celebrate the city.

Carnaby Christmas lights

In 2019, you could snap one of the capital's coolest areas glowing with a quirky underwater-themed display during the Carnaby Christmas lights. A bubble-blowing whale, glittering sea creatures and more ocean-inspired decorations made from sustainable materials hang above Carnaby's 14 streets, which are filled with independent boutiques – perfect for some Christmas shopping! TBC

Coal Drops Yard Christmas lights

Visit the area while it's bedazzled with "traditionally untraditional" installations this Christmas in London. 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 PlaceAfterwards, shop for gifts from the area's trendy stores or join a festive craft workshop.

Regent Street Christmas lights

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.

Seven Dials Christmas lights

Each year, you can head to Seven Dials’ pretty cobbled streets for its annual Christmas lights display. Full of hidden gems, quirky boutiques and eclectic eateries, the neighbourhood's 2019 installation had a Starry Night theme. You could marvel at more than 650 giant stars, which gave an extra twinkle whenever a charity donation was made by the simple tap of a card. TBC

St James's and Piccadilly Christmas lights

Take a stroll around St James's and Piccadilly to discover picture-pretty Christmas lights. Last year, they were inspired by the statue of Anteros – the Greek god of requited love. You could then enjoy more of seasonal fun by popping into Fortnum & Mason for a spot of Christmas shopping or sipping on a festive tipple at The Ritz. TBC

South Bank Christmas lights

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Southbank, London

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South Bank welcomes you for a stroll along the riverside area which is beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Browse the wooden chalets at Southbank Centre's lovely Winter Market – which are spaced out this year to allow social distancing – before taking in the beauty of the Winter Light outdoor exhibition illuminating Southbank with twinkle and animations.

Shard Lights

Watch the London skyline light up as The Shard puts on its annual Christmas lights show. Last year, the Shard Lights display was designed by local schoolchildren, reflecting changing colours into wintry skies during the 30-minute light displays. You can usually also keep a look out on New Year's Eve for a special display celebrating the start of the new year! TBC

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

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