Christmas LightsMost of the main Christmas lights are switched on in November so you can be sure to be feeling festive throughout the run up to the big day. Even better, why not attend a light switch on where you can be amongst the brilliant atmosphere, with music, shopping discounts and deals and in-store events. You might even spot a celebrity special guest!
1. Carnaby StreetAn alternative to the traditional Christmas displays, Carnaby Street switches on its lights on 7th November at 6pm. In 2018, the street was lit with an impressive, vivid neon Bohemian Rhapsody lyric display. 2019 sees a theme of sustainability with a striking underwater scene, in collaboration with ocean conservation charity, Project Zero. Created from repurposed, recycled and vegan materials, each area of Carnaby Street will present different underwater locations that are in much need of awareness and conservation.
2. Oxford StreetStroll down Oxford Street at dusk where you will find their fantastic lights and decorations. Their annual switch on always attracts many visitors to the famous shopping street and this year will be the 60th year the area has been decorated for Christmas. Last year saw over 750,000 lights and over 1,500 baubles so you can expect an impressive display. It is also the perfect opportunity to get your Christmas shopping sorted at the same time! Oxford Streets Christmas lights will be switched on from 21st November.
3. Regent StreetThis year is the 200th anniversary of Regent Street so we can expect an impressive display to mark the occasion. The official switch on takes place on 14th November from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. A traffic-free Regent Street will present a fantastic event full of entertainment for everyone including in-store and on-street surprises, special guests and music. The famous angels will be returning to soar above the visitors below, inspired by the original display dating back to 1954 and taking on the theme of the Spirit of Christmas. With 300,000 glistening lights, this Christmas display is the biggest in London.
4. Covent Garden
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Hogwarts in the Snow: 16th November 2019 to 26th January 2020
A short journey outside of London and you’ll be transported behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, with original props that many of us will recognise. This already remarkable attraction will undergo a festive transformation into ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’, making it even more magical than ever. See sets such as the Great Hall and the Gryffindor Common Room with a Christmas makeover as they were decorated for the movies. Learn the secrets of how the filmmakers created the special effects and get hands on experience on the different types of filmmaking “snow” for different scenes. You’ll be sure to discover more surprises and magic along the way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
2. Christmas at Kew
20th November 2019 – 5th January 2020
Now in its 7th year, Christmas at Kew is a brilliant and beautiful way to spend an evening in London. Winding through Kew Gardens after-dark, this attraction will showcase enchanting installations such as light, music and water displays, interactive colour-changing vines, waterfalls and a tunnel of light, throughout a twinkling trail of 1 million lights! With something for all of the family, children can enjoy vintage fairground rides and even catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves along the illuminated trail. You can also enjoy a bite to eat in the food village or visit the Pavilion Bar and Grill at the end of the trail. Tickets must be purchased in advance – please find further details on the Kew Gardens website.
3. Ice Skating
Looking for even more festive inspiration? Check out a selection of shopping locations and Christmas markets here!