Today it is Christmas Eve and you know what that means don’t you? … Christmas is approaching FAST! Well, in fact, it is TOMORROW (can you tell I’m a tiny bit excited)! This is the time where everyone is rushing around for last-minute Christmas food and those last-minute Christmas presents. But in between this rushing, don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of Christmas in London. If you are out and about in Central London be sure to check out some, if not all, of these spectacular Christmas light displays listed below. So without further ado, here is your guide to the top 5 Christmas lights in London! Don’t miss out on the chance to see them before they are plunged into darkness.
These are some of the most famous Christmas lights. They are situated in one of the busiest and most popular streets in Central London, but they are well worth the visit. Be sure to start from Marble Arch and walk all the way down to Tottenham Court Road for the best viewing experience. Oxford Street is playing host to 1778 baubles and 750,000 LED bulbs. The baubles vary between white, which is used to replicate the falling of snowflakes and purple which is used to bring a splash of colour to the magical display. One of the new additions to the Christmas lights display is the neon ‘Christmas is calling’ sign which is truly mesmerising with its multitude of colours ‘calling’ you to shop on Oxford Street.
Closest Stations: Marble Arch, Bond Street and Oxford Circus.
This is another popular spot amongst visitors and tourists. Regent street unveiled their theme a few weeks ago which is ‘The Spirit of Christmas.’ One of the reasons these lights stand out to me is that they are reflective of the origins of Christmas. They truly remind you of the angels who appeared in Bethlehem to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. The angels who are floating above our heads, also encourage us to get into the Christmas ‘spirit’; why not stroll down Regent Street and indulge in the mesmerising Christmas angels?
Closest Stations: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
Carnaby Street have pulled out all the stops this Christmas. They have collaborated with 20th Century Fox to bring us the world’s first Queen-inspired Christmas lights installation. The installation showcases some of the lyrics to their iconic song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The neon lights dazzle you, you simply cannot take your eyes off them. Take a nice little walk down the street and be submerged into the world of Queen. Don’t forget to glance down the adjoining streets for smaller but equally impressive lights displays. Be sure to have your camera ready for this once in a lifetime spectacle!
Bonus: If you are a big fan of Queen, head on over to the Bohemian Rhapsody pop-up shop which is located at 3 Carnaby street. They are displaying photographs, costumes, prints and live footage. They will also be stocking official merchandise for the biopic that released this year as well as selling other Queen-inspired products. Make sure you don’t miss out, as the pop-up is only available until 6thJanuary 2018.
Closest Station: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
Covent Garden plays host to the iconic 55-foot Christmas tree which is decorated with a grand 30,000 lights. It is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with its mistletoe chandeliers, sparkling berries and baubles hanging over the market place. Check out the magnificent reindeer standing in Santa’s Sleigh at the east end of the piazza. There are also some beautiful swing seats decked out in vines and baubles- head over there with your friends, family or partner for that perfect Instagram picture. Whilst you are there don’t forget to explore Jubilee Market, you cannot miss the dazzling giant red bow hanging at the entrance.
Closest Stations: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road
Its seems like this year we will not be getting the white Christmas that we hoped for, which is obviously disappointing for anyone who loves the snow (like me). But how about enjoying a stunning light display at Seven Dials instead which is adorned with hundreds of snowflakes to create the effect of snow? This is another one of my favourite displays because it truly makes you feel like you are walking in a winter wonderland. Seven Dials is a less popular display, but the display is awe-inspiring nevertheless and it really will get you in the Christmas mood. The best part is the Seven Dials is a five-minute walk from Covent Garden, so you can indulge in two magnificent light displays in one journey!
Closest Stations: Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
I know for university students it can be hard to enjoy Christmas with all the impending deadlines but try to find the time to have a break. Enjoy being with your family and indulging in delicious food and of course don’t miss out on the stunning light displays on show in Central London. Finally, the London team and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!