London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer

London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer

The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year to be in London. The streets of London dazzles, with brightness and warmth. London’s Christmas Lights are one of the greatest joys of Christmas as they fill people’s heart with festive cheer no matter the weather, come rain or shine. The most prominent displays and the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights are in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and in some prominent parks such as Kew Gardens.

Despite the pandemic, this year has made no difference. In fact, to kick-off the festive season, London Oxford Street and Carnaby Street have put up beautiful illuminations with heartwarming messages of Love, and Unity a little earlier than usual.

Oxford Street | Christmas Lights 2020

Though low keyed with no celebrities present (understandably), the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights in Oxford Street were switched-on just before lockdown 2.0 on Monday 2 November. The twenty-seven LED light curtains made up of twinkling lights drape the length of the premier shopping street in London. The lights burst into sparkling life with an uplifting message “To London with Love” .

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Oxford Street | London’s Christmas Light | 2 November 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Along with messages of goodwill, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights is pandemic related and is dedicated to the Heroes of 2020. Every week, the display will feature the name of a “hero” – a person who has gone that extra mile to help others during Covid-19 pandemic 2020.

The first of London’s Heroes whose name was featured is Anis Ali, a NHS Volunteer Responder who completed an astounding 733 tasks since March while also holding down a full-time job.

Location: Oxford Strret, London

Getting here: Oxford Circus Station on the Central and Jubilee lines of the Underground

To support the Royal Voluntary Service, Oxford Street is selling To London with Love T-shirts with all proceeds going to RVS.

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Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

Carnaby is one of the most fashionable areas in the heart of London. The area covers fourteen streets, over one hundred shops, sixty restaurants, bars and cafes. Each year Carnaby chooses a theme and puts up a spectacular display of lights. This year’s dazzling display is one with a strong message of Love and Unity, in partnership with the charity Choose Love.

Carnaby Street | London's Christmas Lights 2020
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Carnaby Street | London’s Christmas Lights 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

As from 2 November, the length of the Streets is immersed in a series of lightboxes of pink neon lights. The message on each of the lightboxes is positively powerful, paying tribute to the strength and courage of Londoners as well as the whole of UK. The messages of love and unity is an encouragement to continue with hope and kindness to each other.

Location: Carnaby Street

Getting here: Nearest station is Oxford Circus

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Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The annual magical haven at Covent Garden is going ahead this year without the usual switching-on ceremony. The unique market offers visitors a very special shopping experience. From high-end names, market traders. and bespoke designers, you will find Christmas gifts for everyone.

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20 metre Norwegian spruce that took some 300 hours to put together – tree, lights and baubles at Covent Garden, 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
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Apple Market, Covent Garden, 2020 |© mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The splendidness of the Christmas atmosphere is in the cobbled piazza and the market buildings that create a wonder-perfect backdrop for the twenty metre (sixty foot) Christmas tree. Decorated with some thirty thousand sparkling lights, the piazza glows! An unmissable Christmas lights experience in London for sure.

Location: Covent Garden

Getting here: Covent Garden Station on the Central, Northern and Piccadilly Underground lines.

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Regent Street Angels at Christmas

Regent Street Christmas Lights is the largest festive display in the UK. The stunning Spirit of Christmas returns to celebrate the festive heritage of the upscale shopping district.

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Spirit of Christmas, Regent Street Christmas Lights | London 2019 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The illumination of more than three hundred thousand twinkling Christmas lights light up the skies of Regent Street and St James’ running from Oxford Circus all the way to Waterloo Place. It is a breathtaking sight and one that will have you in awe.

As with other Christmas Lights switching on ceremony, the annual grand event at Regent Street is cancelled. The lights will dazzle daily from 3:30 p.m. to midnight.

Location: Regent Street

Getting here: Oxford Circus Underground Station: Victoria, Bakerloo & Central Line.

Piccadilly Circus Underground Station: Piccadilly & Bakerloo Line

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Kew Gardens | An amazing magical trail of lights after dark

Kew Gardens at Christmas is one of the best times to visit. The grounds turn into an enchanted magical trail of lights taking you through dazzling sparkly tunnels, trees wrapped in glowing lights and a beautiful dynamic laser projections of Christmas colours on the iconic glasshouse. The grand finale at the Palm House Pond is a stunning light show playing to a festive soundtrack.

Christmas at Kew is a perfect destination for families, and couples, both young and old. Enjoy a festive evening with marshmallows, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Book a time-slot and purchase tickets in advance

Location: Kew Gardens, Entrances at Victoria Gate, Lion Gate and Brentford Gate

Getting here: Kew Gardens Station on the District Line (Richmond branch)

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Ways to experience the magical Christmas lights in London

Admire the famous and magical Christmas Lights in Oxford Street and Regent Street by booking one of the following tours:

Due to current lockdown measures (November 5 2020 – December 2 2020) mean we can’t go and see the lights in person. The lights will continue to glow and dazzle London streets for the rest of 2020 post lockdown and into early January. Visit when it is safe to do so.

I sincerely hope that this article is valuable to you in planning your trip to London at Christmas so you can experience the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful time experiencing the unmissable festive cheer at London’s Christmas lights and A Very Merry Christmas!

Georgina xx

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By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.


  1. Wow, this is a beautiful way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. I especially liked the idea where the name of the hero is displayed (the person who has done an outstanding work during covid). This is highly motivating and cheering up someone on Christmas.

  2. London really is especially beautiful during the festive season. Thank you so much for appreciating the post and the festive cheer which this article aims to achieve.

  3. I love how there is a variety of types of lights. I feel like London would be magical to visit around the holidays! Thanks for spreading the cheer

  4. I know right! So many of us are held back during this pandemic. I hope you will get the opportunity to experience London during the festive season.

  5. Thank you so much Jayati. London at Christmas is absolutely a beautiful. Though a little different this year, the City is full of the festive cheer with the dazzling lights. Thank you again for saving this post for your future visit. I sincerely hope you will visit us one day at Christmas.

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words, Sumit. London is especially beautiful at Christmas and I am glad you enjoyed the spirit and warmth of the festive season through this article.

  7. Thank you – so glad my post got you in festive spirit. Yes, Christmas is different this year but hoping next year will be better.

  8. London always put on one of the grandest of shows every year and this year is lovely as well. Hope things change where you are in December nearing Christmas.

  9. Thank you so much. Christmas comes but once a year and I know it will be different this year – Have a splendid holiday season whatever you decide to do.

  10. Ah man, I imagine seeing the streets of London all lit up like that is just beautiful and would make your heart swell.

  11. Also here in Italy despite the coronavirus pandemic, christmas lights are duzzling already. Usually we turn it on after the 8th of Dicember but this year we all need warmth and tranquility so we turned it on already in November!!!

  12. This article has helped us to relive the warmth and beauty of christmas in a vibrant city such a s London. The description is spot on an the essence has been captured so well

  13. Thanks for taking me on a virtual tour of London’s Christmas lights! This year, I am not even sure if I would be going to see them, but your post has come at the right time and has motivated me to go and click some photographs! Carnaby Street is one of my favourite spot to see the lights!

  14. Christmas lights in London are gorgeous! The huge Norwegian spruce looks beautiful and so are all other parts of the illuminated city. I love your idea of experiencing London Christmas lights through one of the tours – that way the experience will be more structured and enriching. Saving this blog post for future reference – in case I land up in London during Christmas time!

  15. As a Londoner, I have extra appreciation for this 🙂 My favourite one is the one at Regent Street. Hope to see these lights next year!

  16. I’m finding Christmas events here in Florida to be VERY lacking this year! So jealous of the holiday vibes you are experiencing!

  17. It is always a pleasure to have you visit my article and to read your encouraging comments. The year 2020 has turned all of our lives to adjust differently and to accept changes – we are unable to travel quite as spontaneously as before the pandemic but hoping the year 2021 will bring normalcy as we know. Really hope you would make it to see London’s Christmas Lights next year.

  18. I was so looking forward to seeing the lights this year and being transported back to childhood. If we can’t this year I can save the blog for next year for ideas away from the obvious. Thank you.

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