When Are The London Christmas Lights Switched On?

Oxford Street Christmas Lights: (Photo: Anton C, 2014)

It’s almost that time of year again, no, not Christmas, but something that seems to come round even earlier each year — the London Christmas lights being switched on. The first of the lights will be turned on in just three weeks. See our list below so you won’t miss the annual Christmas illumination of London’s biggest shopping destinations. 

Oxford Street:
Hosted by Pandora and Capital, West Oxford Street will be closed to traffic and shops and will be putting on one day discount offers, 1 November, 2pm-6.30pm

Duke of York Square: 
Christmas lights are switched on along with the opening of Santa’s Grotto plus much more including toffee apples and roasted chestnuts, face-painting and the chance to meet reindeer and sing some carols. 7 November, 4pm

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party:
The Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party will feature 20% off in over 100 shops, bars and restaurants. Plus, DJs, live music, complimentary food and drink, a pop-up bar and loads of on-street and in-store activities. The lights will be turned on at 6.30pm. Register for a free ticket. 12 November, 5-9pm

Regent Street:
Regent Street will be traffic-free for shoppers with a variety of Christmas activities followed by a star-studded Christmas show. November 15, from 12 noon

Kingston:
The event begins with the turning on of the Christmas lights but continues with this year’s theme which is ‘A Christmas Carol.’ There’ll be a host of characters from the classic novel brought to life as well as Dickensian and Victorian street performers, magicians and side shows. 19 November, 3pm-6.30pm

Greenwich:
Eltham High Street will be host to a range of entertainment, music and sports activities. The Christmas lights switch-on will be followed by an illuminated parade of lanterns created by hundreds of local children and their families. 19 November, 4pm to 7pm

Hampstead Christmas Festival:
This year Hampstead High Street will be turned into a magical winter wonderland with stalls selling gifts, food and drink, a funfair, live music, a Christmas grotto, reindeer and children’s activities. The BBC’s Fiona Bruce will be switching on the lights. 29 November, events start at 12 noon

There are more Christmas lights yet to be announced all over London. Keep checking back for updates, if you know of anything else going on let us know in the comments below.

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30 October 2015 | 2:00 pm – Source: londonist.com

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