Let There Be Light, London’s Iconic Christmas Lights!
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
OK, we're in lockdown YES....BUT, one thing you can do is get out and walk.
So get yourself prepared for a little explore of the big city, start around 4 pm when the sky gets dark and take a stroll around London visiting the iconic Christmas Lights on display. We are well known for our dazzling lights and often some of the all-time favourites return for us to awe at once more. Whilst you may not have been able to attend the exciting switch on events this year, the lights are still there for your eyes to enjoy.
Check out these top ones to see around town to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
This year's lights are dedicated to our amazing NHS heroes with the theme being ‘To London with Love’. This new display for 2020 pays a stunning tribute to all the incredible staff on the frontline of the pandemic, who have acted selflessly with strength and kindness to protect us all as well as our friends and families. Visitors can nominate their NHS hero, whose name will appear in the shining Christmas Lights. Submit your nominee here and if you are unable to make it down, their name will also show at the top of the website, they’ll also be entered into a weekly draw to win £500 to spend on Oxford Street.
The tree is up and the lights are on. Covent Garden boasts 115,000 lights in total, and the tree itself has 30,000 lights. Inside the roof is decorated with the gigantic baubles and mistletoes which make for a much welcome return as we have admired them in years before.
We couldn’t think of a more perfect decor than the excellently executed Advent Calendar on the Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly Building, with each window representing one of the 24 doors. It is a show-stopping and a very magical facade, so much so they have even made a miniature Fortnum’s 3D Advent Calendar, which isbased on its beauty for you to have in your own home for Christmas.
Carnaby Christmas Lights always bring excitement, with bold colours and themes there installations are amazing. This year they have partnered with the charity, Choose Love, who work to help refugees and provide an opportunity for Christmas shoppers to buy items to support these individuals which is especially important in winter months. The lights are hoping to spread positivity and smiles to visitors as well as raise awareness. For those unable to attend they have a 360 tour online too here.
The annual sell-out event, Christmas at Kew allows you to embark on a journey through the magical winter trail at Kew Gardens. Walk the route to experience the remarkable installations including some iconic and some new lights each year. Ending with a fantastic display from the beautifully lit up Palm House. It’s a real feast for your eyes. Book tickets here.
The angels are back looking incredibly striking above our heads along Regent Street. Named ‘The Spirit of Christmas’, the 17 metre wide structures were inspired by the streets first-ever display in 1954 and showcase the best in British modern design.
The international train station hosts a sponsored tree each year, promising you something new and exciting to feast your eyes on. This year, the pretty in pink famous London brunch spot has its time to shine with their ‘Tree of Hope’ standing tall. Based around a carousel and of course head to toe in pink to reflect the aesthetic of the cafe. It is also covered in ribbons with messages of hope and love sending a message of strength and togetherness to the world as well as support for the NHS.
As well as the lights that cover the streets of London, there are specific buildings to look out for too such as the Cartier Flagship Store on Bond Street, which is wrapped picture-perfect in a beautiful red bow. It looks perfectly like a Cartier gift box.
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