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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, see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas.

Alternatively, hop on a Christmas lights bus tour to see some of the best sparkles in the city in one trip. 

The locations below host some of London's top Christmas lights, which you can usually see from November until early January. 

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 of 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 the chic area celebrates the Christmas season. Walk past quaint boutiques and top restaurants adorned with wintry wreaths, ornaments and lights during a visit to this popular shopping hub. 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. 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

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

Get in the Christmas spirit at Leicester Square 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

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 across Oxford Street. This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights light up the skies above the famous street with rows of shining stars. From 12 Nov

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

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

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 King's Cross and Coal Drops Yard while they dazzle with cool installations for Christmas in London. Explore a colourfully industrial take on a traditional Christmas tree at Granary Square,and strike a pose beneath the bright bulbs that glisten above the Lower Stable Street Christmas Market (26 Nov-19 Dec). From 26 Nov

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.

Celebrate the spirit of togetherness with The Shard's annual Christmas lights show  Shard Lights. See three dazzling sequences light up the highest point of the London skyline, as the top 20 floors of the landmark are illuminated in colour. 1-30 Dec

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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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