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Where to See Christmas Lights in London 2021

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Your go-to guide to seeing London’s prettiest lights. As the city gets twinkling, we’ll be updating this page on the latest illuminations. 

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Lightopia

Lightopia

Marvel at the exhibition of light installations at Crystal Palace’s Lightopia. Promising a winter wonderland of illumination, expect also interactive lanterns and water shows that’s perfect for a family outing.

Where: Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2BA

Chelsea Christmas Lights

Chelsea

The much-loved Christmas light display has returned to Chelsea this year, with bigger than ever glittering displays across Duke of York Square, Sloane Square, Pavilion Road and King’s Road. Bringing some Christmas cheer to locals and Londoners alike, King’s Road’s shimmering Christmas lights are inspired by the crown of King Charles II who restored Christmas to the nation after Oliver Cromwell’s ban on such festivities. A little local hero will be switching on the lights on this year.

Where: Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8SB

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Carnaby Street

Christmas is aflutter at Carnaby Street. In partnership with charity Choose Love, which raises funds for refugees around the world, Carnaby Street is twinkling with over 600 3D and 2D butterflies, with each butterfly hand-decorated with reflective wings. The theme this year, called Carnaby Kaleidoscope, promises discounts across over 100 bars, restaurants including free goodie bags.

Where: Carnaby Street, Foubert’s Place and Newburgh Street

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Granary Square Christmas Lights

Coal Drops Yard

In typical creative fashion, Coal Drops Yard is opting this year for an ‘extraordinarily good’ theme, featuring a 28 foot infinity tree, with a mirrored tunnel that runs through the centre of the tree and an angled mirror in the centre where visitors walk in and are transported into a world of light, reflection and colour – like being inside a giant kaleidoscope.

Coal Drops Yard will also transform into an adult playground offering up curling (that Olympic sport with the vigorous brushing). Club Curling lets up to four players play on a synthetic rink. Stay tuned for updates.

The Square has recently unveiled a sculpture by Liliane Lijn, called Temenos, which represents a grove of trees that speaks about the importance of support networks, especially in the past year.

Where: Stable St, London N1C 4DQ

The Shard

The Shard

This year, the Shard’s twinkling delight will take the theme of togetherness, to celebrate being able to enjoy festivities again with loved ones. There’s also going to be a special shout out to the emergency services who work through the festive period.

Where: 32 London Bridge St

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Trafalgar Square

The illuminating ceremony is steeped in history at this famous square. As a gesture of thanks for British support for World War II, Norway gifted an 80-foot tree to London. The tree is decorated in traditional distinctive Norwegian decor.

Where: Trafalgar Square, London

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Regent Street & St James’s

The Spirit of Christmas, the largest lights installation in the country, has been sprinkled across the streets of Regent Street and St James’s, creating a dazzling warm canopy of light. Last year 300,000 handcrafted lights formed spirit-shaped displays that created a warm canopy over the neighbourhood. Stay tuned to see this year’s unveiling.

Where: Regent Street, London W1B 4EA

Regent Street and St James’s

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Oxford Street

One of the most highly anticipated Christmas switch-on in the country, mystery swirls around when Europe’s busiest shopping street will illuminate. Stay tuned for updates.

Where: Oxford Street, London, W1D 1BS

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Covent Garden

London’s favourite shopping, dining and culture destination becomes even more magical at Christmas when the twinkling lights are up and the famous 60ft British-grown Christmas tree is elegantly adorned. Last year switch-on ceremony headliners were cancelled, but we can expect a proper illumination celebration this year. Stay tuned for updates.

Where: Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2H 7AR

Marylebone Village Christmas Lights

Marylebone Village

Dazzling lights will illuminate the streets of Marylebone Village this year, spreading Christmas cheer with Merry Marylebone. In partnership with charity Mind Brent, wreath making, tombola and live activities are just some of the festive entertainment promised.

Where: Marylebone High Street, London, W1U

Marylebone Village

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