Visit London's Christmas Lights
There is no place better to see spectacular Christmas lights than London. Its brightly lit, colourful decorations leave locals and tourists alike spellbound, as do the stunning window displays in famous stores such as Selfridges and Harrods.
Whether you're travelling with your family, partner, friends or on your own, the capital's Christmas lights are not to be missed. Here are some of the very best displays to visit during your stay; they're almost guaranteed to get you in the festive mood!
Did you know, since 1947, the famous Norwegian Christmas Tree is an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. Different choirs gather in Trafalgar Square to sing carols and raise money for charitable organisations. Nelson's Column lights are illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January.
The V&A's exhibition 'You Say You Want a Revolution' is this year's inspiration for Carnaby Street's Christmas Lights. As always, Carnaby Street boasts fun and quirky decorations but with a 1960's twist, imagine oversized robins and even more outlandish decorations to feast your eyes on.
'The Spirit of Christmas' at Regent Street reflects the earliest Christmas lights display in London in 1954. On the 17 November, celebrity Holly Willoughby will turn on the lights and reveal 16 large Spirits, with a 17-metre wing span and 15-metre train of lights stretching behind. This year for the first time the lights will run the length of Regent Street, across Piccadilly and into St James's.
Oxford Street, is one of the capital's most celebrated shopping destinations. The spectacular lights will put you straight into festive spirit, and the location is perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping. You can also be a part of this year's display if you name a light on London's Oxford Street with the NSPCC. Click here to find out more.
The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill Covent Garden's famous Piazza with song and dance before the Sugar Plum Fairy herself officially switches on the Christmas Lights on 15 November. Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas, with mistletoe for the romantics and a LEGO installation for families.
Duke of York Square
For the first time, the Duke of York Square will turn on Christmas lights. To celebrate the occasion, the pedestrianised area just off Sloane Square, will have free activities all day on 12 November. The fun and family friendly event will also mark the arrival of Father Christmas to his grotto, ready for wish-lists and photos.
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