I’m loving Christmas this year, and all the festivities and build up to it. Last weekend James and I walked around London to check out all of the Christmas lights. Here’s the lowdown on my favourite lights this year…
The glowing orbs are back for a fourth year, but with an extra addition. There are 1778 snowball-like decorations, with over 750,000 LED lightbulbs. It’s back for the 57th year this year; the charity partner this year is the NSPCC. Londoners can donate £5 to one of the star-shaped lights to a loved one. You can see these Christmas lights just as you come out of Oxford Circus. The lights look even prettier at night time!
I think this is my favourite set of Christmas lights in London! The street is covered in garlands of lights, the whole length of the road. The display this year is a throwback to Regent Street’s first ever set of Christmas lights in 1954. You can access Regent’s Street by a short walk from Oxford Circus, just head in the direction of Hamleys. There’s a little pathway in the middle of the road to get some good shots!
Carnaby’s Christmas lights inspiration comes from the V&A’s new exhibition called ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’. These Christmas lights are the least traditional ones but they are very distinctive. The Christmas lights are dotted around various side streets, so have a good explore around! You can access Carnaby Street via a walk from Oxford Circus.
I can’t seem to find much information on the Christmas lights in Leicester Square, but they’re super pretty this year! There is however a Christmas market in the middle of Leicester Square this year, which is nice to walk around but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to visit it again. It’s a short walk away from Chinatown though, where I had the best Chinese meal last week at Little Hong Kong!
These lights are just outside of Covent Garden square along the side streets, but I couldn’t help but stop to snap them, they’re so beautiful! The dainty mistletoe decorations compliment the square so well, but I loved the intertwined tinsel-like decorations! The colour was so vibrant and bright, and it just felt super Christmassy. You can access this street from Covent Garden station, it’s a short walk away from the square.
Covent Garden’s theme this year is mistletoe, with over 40 hanging mistletoe chandeliers on the streets and pretty market buildings. There’s a super huge decorated Christmas tree on the west side of the square, so you can’t miss it! But we did miss the silver reindeer sat on a pile of gifts, and a Lego train made from 500,000 Lego bricks… so if you spot those, be sure to tweet me a photo! You can access this via Covent Garden station.
I loved going round London and checking out all the Christmas lights!
What ones are your favourite?