Where To Watch London’s Christmas Lights

Things to do

You know it’s Christmas time when the Christmas lights in London get switched on. So, starting today, you can officially get excited, because the Christmas light switch ons have begun and here is where you can watch them.

November 7th

oxford street christmas lights

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

They’ve been up for almost a month now and it’s finally time to see them all lit up now. Rita Ora will be switching the lights on at 5pm and there will be special deals and freebies in a lot of Oxford Street shops as well as a chance to give some money to charity through their NSPCC teamup.

November 9th

carnaby street christmas carnival

Carnaby Christmas Carnival

The Carnaby Street lights are always a fun shopping event, with most shops in the area offering discounts and special deals, to start you on your Christmas gift shopping early. This time they are taking on a Carnival theme and their most unique brands will be offering special goodies in store.

bond street christmas lights

Bond Street Christmas Lights

Once you’re done shopping, head over to Bond Street for another set of beautiful Christmas lights, and maybe some more shopping.

November 14th

covent garden christmas

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

Giant reindeer and mistletoe, thousands of lights and fun decorations make Covent Garden a must visit for your Christmas instagram photos and festive shopping!

November 15th

marylebone christmas lights

Marylebone Christmas Lights

Barbara Windsor will be switching on the Christmas lights for Marylebone village at 6pm, after over 2 hours of music and performances on the main stage.

November 16th


Seven Dials Christmas Lights

Alternative choir Some Voices will fill the streets of Seven Dials with songs, followed up but the light switch on at 6.30pm, while the shops in the area will be offering discounts, promotions and workshops in a shopping event not to be missed.

regent street lights

Regent Street Christmas Lights

Inspired by the first ever Central London Christmas lights display in 1954, the gorgeous ‘Spirit Of Christmas’ installation will showcase over 300,000 twinkling LED lights and light up the whole of W1, making this the biggest and most spectacular parade of Christmas lights in the capital.

St james's market lights

St Jame’s Market Christmas Lights

St James’s Market will switch on their lights with a live choir performance, while local stores and restaurants, from specialty shops, heritage brands and high street shops will be offering unique deals, in-store masterclasses, festive menus and drinks.

December 4th

shard lights

Shard Lights

Finally the piece de resistance will be the Shard lights. The top of the Shard will be illuminated by beautiful light displays, a variety of colours and visual effects, making London’s skyline sparkle for the festive season.

Well, this should have added a few activities to your schedule. If you want to get some friends together and go watch the lights as a group, you can always create a citysocializer social  for it and if you are feeling quite festive already check out our December socials, as the Christmas events are already being posted and getting booked up.


This post was written by

Kristine Tsiknaki

Hey! I'm Kristine and I love writing about fun things to do in London. Check out my London and travel photography on instagram @DarcRose22