Top Five: London Christmas Light Switch Ons
We can’t believe we’re saying it but, Christmas is (almost!) here… It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it all kicks off with the Christmas lights being turned on across the city. The festive season is upon us and we don’t know about you but we truly can’t wait to get in the mood. From 6 November, check out the best of the Christmas lights in London…
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6 November, 6.15pm
We’re not sure there’s a single person in London who doesn’t manage to see the Christmas lights adorning Oxford Street over the Christmas season, but it’s the switch on event that brings something special to central London. This year, Oxford Street have struck up a partnership with the wonderful children’s charity NSPCC to bring the ‘Little Stars’ campaign alive. By donating £5, you can name a light on Oxford Street and bring some sparkle to a child’s Christmas this year. The switch on event promises to be better than ever, with R&B legend Craig David taking to the stage to push the button and kick off Christmas in style! For information on the offers available on the night, click here.
10 November, 5-9pm
Carnaby Street is one of our favourite things about Christmas in London, with a new theme each year and some of the coolest lights in the city. This year Carnaby Street have partnered with the V&A to bring The Carnaby Christmas Revolution to life, taking inspiration from the You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 exhibition currently on display at the V&A. Carnaby Street was at the heart of the swinging sixties in London, and we can’t wait to see what the ‘60’s inspired lights will have in store! There’ll also be offers available in more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars on the night – check out more information here.
15 November, 5.30pm
Covent Garden brings a Christmas scene to be reckoned with and, year after year, makes this time of year feel very special. Decking the entire piazza with mistletoe chandeliers and the market hall buildings with hundreds of lights, it makes Christmas shopping in London feel like a dream (rather than a nightmare)! The Royal Opera choir will be singing from 5.30pm, followed by a performance of the Nutcracker from the Royal Ballet. There’s a Lego Santa Express for the little ones, and all-round fun for the entire family to get into the festive mood.
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18 November, every weekend 5pm-9pm
For a trip further afield than the bright lights of central London, why not head for the beautiful experience of The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park? An annual event for the festive season, the park is adorned with colourful lights to create a most magical and peaceful experience amidst the trees. Almost fairytale-like, the Enchanted Woodland must be experienced! Open each weekend from mid-November, tickets are available to buy online for all of the family. The park takes about half an hour to walk around, but we’d leave at least an hour to have a wander and take it all in.
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23 November, 5pm-10pm
Another truly magical Christmas experience is the one-mile long winding path at Kew Gardens. Winding its way through the botanical beauty of the gardens, expect lights, seasonal flora, the North Pole village and a traditional festive fayre. The beautiful after-dark experience creates a festive atmosphere not to be forgotten, and is a very popular event for the whole family each and every year. With a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate on offer to enjoy under the winter night’s sky afterwards, it’s an experience not to be missed! Buy your tickets here.
Will you be enjoying the Christmas lights across the city this year? Let us know where your favourite display is in the comments below!