From a kaleidoscopic Winter Wonderland at Coal Drops Yard to a 220,000-strong light spectacular at Oxford Circus, sprinkle some sparkle into your step with a visit to these twinkling London Christmas light displays…
One of the most highly anticipated Christmas switch-ons in the country, this year Oxford Street are lighting the West End in a more sustainable style. 27 spectacular LED light curtains comprising of 220,000 lights have been suspended high above the iconic street, showcasing an array of specially curated festive content. What’s more, the new state-of-the-art display is set to save up to 90 per cent energy as opposed to more traditional light exhibitions.
Amidst the foray of festive madness, head to Mayfair and Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards to see this year’s wellbeing-inspired Christmas light instillation. Designed by immersive art experts
Squidsoup, the multi-sensory display, Wave, comprises of 500 illuminative orbs, each with their own soothing ‘voice’, and emits a tranquil and enchanting energy procured by the fusion of calming colours and lights. mayfairandbelgravia.com
Eccleston Yard, Eccleston Pl, London SW1W 9AZ
Nestled within the upscale district of Marylebone, Marylebone Village poses an impressive annual display of twinkling Christmas lights. This year, all proceeds from the highly anticipated switch-on will were donated to the ground-breaking charity
Teenage Cancer Trust.
Devonshire Street, Marylebone
London’s favourite shopping, dining and culture destination becomes even more magical at Christmas when the twinkling lights are up and the famous 55ft Christmas tree is elegantly adorned. While you’re admiring the 115,000-strong lights sprinkled across the piazza, be sure to check out the Markey Building’s giant gingerbread installation, crafted from London-based bakery
Biscuiteers, as well as the annual handpicked Christmas tree, enhanced with over 30,000 sparkling lights.
Watch the West End’s spectacular seven-street shopping and dining hub illuminate with this year’s dazzling Christmas lights display.
Seven Dials, Covent Garden
Coal Drops Yard
This year, Coal Drops Yard has become a gleaming Winter Wonderland, filled with kaleidoscopic lights and trees in a Northern Lights-inspired spectacular. Take a trip to the King’s Cross cultural hub and delight in a dose of festive shopping and wining and dining while admiring the pretty illuminative display.
Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ
The upmarket area close to Buckingham palace always puts on a magnificent light display. This year, the entirety of Jermyn Street will play host to London’s largest light installation, ‘The Spirit of Christmas’.
Jermyn Street, London, SW1
Baker Street Quarter
For the first time ever, Marylebone’s Baker Street Quarter is immersed in sparkling Christmas lights. Alluding to the iconic places and characters associated with the illustrious area, the light instillations are a tribute to ‘Baker Street Bazaar’, ‘Marylebone Pleasure Garden’, Lady Montagu’s ‘Blue Stocking Parties’ and the emblematic Sherlock Holmes.
Baker St, Marylebone
Wembley Park Winterfest
Wembley Park is shining brighter than ever with the launch of ‘Winterfest’, a brand new series of immersive light and sound instillations from an array of expert designers. From a kaleidoscopic ‘Sonic Runway’, to an illuminative 25 metre walk-through tree and a ‘LoveSpot…Under the Mistletoe’ for romantics, this is a light-filled festival you won’t want to miss.
Until 3 Jan 2020, wembleypark.com
St Katharine Docks
Central London’s only marina is awash with Christmas festivities, which kicked off with a water-side lights switch-on where Santa swapped his sleigh for a speedboat. This year, the Docks are once again hosting the popular
Floating Film Festival, which will be screening holiday flicks on the water, to be enjoyed while indulging in the Yuletide trifecta of mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate.
50 St Katharine’s Way, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1LA
In a nod to the surrounding luxury boutiques, this year’s Mount Street Christmas lights display has been designed to resemble an elegant teardrop necklace.
Mount Street, Mayfair
The Shard’s annual Christmas display sees the building’s top 20 storeys glow even brighter in a vibrant lights spectacle. This year’s display has been designed by children from Snowsfields Primary School in Bermondsey, involving 552 LED lights and fixtures which took over 4,000 hours to put together. The sequences will reflect the designs created by the schoolchildren, lighting up the capital with an exciting and inspiring visual display. Watch the dazzling sequence – displayed every half hour from 4pm to 1am on each day in December – from nearby Vinegar Yard, enjoying the festive treats and unobstructed views.
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG start the slideshow