72 Fun Christmas Highlights in London

Christmas in London 2021 – Guide to top 72 Fun & Magical Christmas Highlights in London

72 Fun & Magical Christmas highlights in London 2021?

Christmas highlights in London

Experience London like never before with these Magical Christmas highlights in London

Christmas highlights in London
Christmas highlights in London

1 | The best dazzling London Christmas Lights 2021

magical Christmas highlights in London
magical Christmas highlights in London

1 | Immerse in the kaleidoscope of shimmering neon fluttering butterflies exemplifying transformation, change and hope at Carnaby Street.

2 | Don’t forget to look up when at Regent Street! You will be totally enchanted with the 300,000 lights as the angels glow across the street!

3 | Marvel at one of London’s premier shopping area at Oxford Street as it glows amidst the famous brands.

4 | When shopping in London, venture to the revered Bond Street. Experience the spectacular display of lights by some of the renowned brands. Tiffany’s, Cartier, and Mulberry are just a few of the unmissable displays that must be experienced.

5 | The magical Christmas highlights in London’s South Molton Street is also a must-see. Those blue arches of bright lights are completely captivating against the darkness of the skies.

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6 | More glorious Christmas lights awaits those who make their way to Chelsea. The Duke of York Square is wonderfully dressed in festive lights.

7 | Be dazzled by the twinkling Christmas highlights at the quaint streets of Seven Dials. Enjoy the array of shops, restaurants and bars.

8 | Christmas highlights in London is never complete without a visit to the infamous Covent Garden. Its spectacular 16.7m/55 feet Christmas tree in the centre of the piazza, all dazzled up offer a perfect photo backdrop.

9 | All throughout London, you will see Christmas trees decked in lights but there is One that you should not miss! Head to Trafalgar Square to see the magnificent Norwegian spruce in the centre of the Square. This 25m/82ft is decorated in Norwegian splendour of vertical strings of lights.

11 | Head a little out of town to Wembley Park, home to the iconic Wembley Stadium. The annual Winterfest at Wembley Park showcases light and art installations across the area.

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Best Christmas Lights in London


2 | Experience Christmas highlights in London at London’s popular attractions

christmas highlights in London
Christmas highlights in London

In addition to the stunning Christmas lights around the City of London, there are also venues and activities across the metropolis and nearby that are iconic, and magical at this festive time. The following are highly recommended and are totally unmissable events, activities and Christmas highlights in London to get into.

2.1 | Go on a fun and festive cruise


3 | Food experiences in London at Christmas

magical Christmas highlights in London
magical Christmas highlights in London

The food scenes are an absolute Christmas highlights in London!

24 | Visit the historic Chinatown next to theatreland and click-away some striking and vibrant photos. You may find some restaurants are open on Christmas Day.


4 | Highly recommended activities for fun family Christmas in London


5 | Highlights of Christmas Markets in London

35 | Pop in at Leicester Square Christmas market to pay Santa a visit and to tuck into food or drink. There is a good selection of crafts that makes ideal gifts for friends and family. November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022

37 | You are sure to find the Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews fascinating! Tucked around towards the back of the world famous department store, this Christmas market is the destination for perfect festive gifts, decorations or a great selection of street food. From hot dogs, sweet waffles to seafood and curries. From Nov 5, 2021 to Dec 23, 2021. Weekdays: 4:00 – 9:00 pm. Weekends: 12:00 – 9:00 pm. Dec 24, 2021 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Southbank, London Bridge and Borough Market also gets festive …

38 | With stunning views of the exemplary Tower Bridge, Tower of London and London’s skyline, Christmas by the River returns this year at Southbank and London Bridge. Along with extended hours at Borough Market, you shall find stalls decorated with twinkly lights and tinsels, offering their daily selections as well as the festive additions. From Nov 16, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022. Sunday to Wednesday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | Thursday to Saturday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


6 | Soak up the festive vibes at these Christmas highlights in London …

christmas highlights in london

40 | Witness the dramatic Blessing of the Crib in Trafalgar Square, the best nativity in the City. Experience the music, carols, prayer and a real donkey. Dec 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

41 | Sing-a-long to carols and festive songs under the magnificent Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. More than 40 groups perform each year for an hour each in the run-up to Christmas. This takes place in December but exact dates are not published yet.

42 | Be part of a unique experience at Trafalgar Square! Celebrate the lighting of the Norwegian Christmas Tree along with candlelight, carol singing and Christmas readings. Dec 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Note: This is a ticketed event.

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44 | For that special warm and fuzzy Christmassy feeling, head to Battersea Carols. The Battersea Christmas Carols Concert is very special as you will be welcomed by a special guard of honour formed by the Battersea Dogs. Money raised goes towards work carried out by Battersea for dogs and cats. You could enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and purchase gifts. Takes place at St Luke’s & Christ Church, Chelsea at 7 p.m. on Dec 2, and Dec 3 2021. Ticketed event.

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46 | One of my favourite places to experience Advent is at Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. This London landmark hosts free carol concerts throughout Advent. A great experience for everyone but you do need to get there early! From Dec 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021


7 | Explore some of the magnificent Christmas shopping highlights in London

47 | Be dazzled with some of London’s splendid departmental stores. Head to Selfridges, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods where you can go crazy in their dedicated Christmas shop, or shop for gourmet Christmas treats and hampers.

48 | Visit London’s most famous shopping destination at West End. You will find most flagship stores on Oxford Street, Bond Street for opulence and sophistication at Regent Street.

52 | When exploring all the above mentioned shops, spend some time as well to admire and click-away the spectacular window displays. Some of these displays takes imagination to a whole new level!


8 | Watch a festive film or visit filming locations this Christmas in London

54 | Sing along to popular musicals at The Prince Charles Cinema. One of Londoner’s favourite independent cinema, The Prince Charles is tucked away behind Leicester Square and offer tickets at reasonable prices.

56 | For a truly vivid experience in a historic cinema, head to Regent Street Cinema, “the birthplace of British cinema”.

8.1 | How about film locations walking tour?

If you want to give cinemas a miss this year, go on a walking tour of film locations instead. We recommend the following:

57 | Love Actually film locations

58 | Notting Hill Walking tour

59 | Harry Potter Filming Locations Walking tour

60 | 007 James Bond Bus tour

61 | Downton Abbey Filming locations & Highclere Castle tour – day trip


9 | Immerse in a London Christmas musical

62 | From the all time favourite Lion King to incredible The Nutcracker, or Frozen, The Musicalbook ahead for a warm and festive celebration at a London musical.


10 | Ice-skating at Christmas in London

There is something very special about ice-skating and creating unforgettable memories amidst beautiful surroundings.

63 | The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink offer a Christmassy experience like none other amidst the magnificent backdrop of the King Henry VIII’s castle. While here, you may wish to visit the Hampton Court Castle and its immaculate gardens as well.

64 | Show off your skills and glide across the 18th century courtyard at Somerset House and immerse in truly festive vibes.


11 | Go Somewhere new for the festive season

Do something different and begin a new Christmas tradition. How about venturing to the English countryside on a day trip from London during this festive season?

65 | Spend a day exploring Oxford and the Cotswolds Villages

66 | Explore Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath in a day from London

67 | Visit the renowned white cliffs at Seven Sisters and South Downs on a day trip


12 | Treat yourself to a Special Evening


13 | Stay in London and experience the buzz of the City

London is enormous! Finding a place to stay could be a task as London’s best attractions are dotted throughout the city. In addition, it could be expensive as well during the festive season. Nevertheless, it all depends on one’s budget and what you wish to experience. Here are just a few suggestions for you to consider:

71 | For fabulous Christmas highlights in London, stay at the Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington for a remarkable stay. Located in the heart of Kensington, this accommodation is within a few minutes walk of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Royal Albert Hall. It has easy connections to London Underground to get you to places or hail a bus for that quintessential London experience. Alternatively, the London taxis are at your disposal, just ask the Concierge to get you one.

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My thoughts …

London is a great city to experience at any time of the year but it is especially fun, magical and festive at Christmas. While there are so many things to do in London as one could imagine, the city is alive with Christmas lights, festive markets, iconic attractions, and ice skating. The music, wonders of the museums, cinemas, theatres and the fabulous array of shopping arcades are special at this time of year also. The mouth-watering international food scene is undeniably an unmissable experience in London.

My sincere wish is for this article on the top 72 Christmas highlights in London to be a valuable guide in your plans to experience London at Christmas and at any time of the year.

What do you think …

It’s your turn 🙂 What do you think? Are the suggestions on this article valuable to you in planning and experiencing a magical, fun and festive Christmas in London? Have I missed any that you would like included here? Do let me know and I shall gladly include then as Reader Recommendation.


Finally …

That is all I have for this article on fun & festive Christmas highlights in London. Have an awesome Christmas with family and friends! Till next time.

Georgina xx

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8 Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London

8 Quirky Experiences at Christmas in London

Alongside these age-old traditions, there are some new quirky and fun activities emerging and may well develop into a holiday tradition, where a visit to one or more of its destinations will be on a Christmas visit list. If you are contemplating something different, unique to do during the holidays, here is a shortlist of quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London which you may wish to explore.

Follow latest UK Government regulations and guidelines on Covid-19 while exploring London. Remember always to stay safe and act responsibly.

fun and quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London

Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London

With so many quirky and fun activities to do in London, the 8 listed here are by no means an exhaustive list but it is worth exploring.

1 | Backyard Cinema | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

Watch a movie in a cinema like never before. Journey through a magical world of enchanted forest in a Winter Night Garden or find the secret entrance, explore the enchanted Snow Kingdom and go in search of the hidden cinema to watch your favourite movie. Select from a wide range of holiday favourites such as Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, Trading Places, Pretty Woman and so many more.

Find out more > backyardcinema


quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London
quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London

2 | The Great Christmas Feast | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

Be transported to Victorian London through a secret door in a secret location for an immersive experience of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The story unfolds all around as you Indulge in a mouthwatering yuletide gastronomy of Victorian street food and feast.


3 | Winterland

For a unique experience of the festive cheer, sip mulled wine, move to the sounds of the music, or relax on a sofa in an enchanting Alpine setting at an outdoor bar.

Visit > neverland-winterland to learn more and book your experience


4 | The Piano Works | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

For an unforgettable fun evening, head over to the Piano Works. A bar with non-stop music of audience requested songs. Sing-a-long into the night with steak or ribs, buddha bowls and vegan shepherd’s pie. A favourite for music lovers.

Find out more about Dinner & Brunch parties at The Piano Works


5 | Archipelago Restaurant

Right in the heart of London Fitzrovia is an exotic restaurant in an exotic setting serving exotic dishes such as kangaroo, python, crocodile and crispy zebra “jerky” alongside traditional dishes of chicken and fish. A visit to Archipelago is, without a doubt, an evening to remember.

For an evening to remember > Archipelago Restaurant


quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London
quirky ideas to experience at Christmas in London

6 | Invisible City | Quirky Ideas to experience at Christmas in London

A short journey from the city of London, in Willesden is The Invisible City. This is an unusual experience to have at Christmas but I wanted to add it here for any one who wishes to experience the new sound art installation at Willesden Jewish Cemetery. A 21-acre landscape features the stories of people laid to rest in this, one of the most prestigious cemeteries in UK. Most of the ‘1970’s High Street’ can be found here including Jack Cohen (1898 – 1979) who founded Tesco.

Entry is Free. You can download the QR code onto any smartphone when you are onsite. There is a short trailer on the website.

Invisible City


7 | Harry Potter Studios at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Have a magical day and experience winter in Warner Bros Studio Tour. Join this behind-the-scenes tour of the making of Harry Potter series. Get close to the whimsical costumes and props, especially Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s Hut. This magical experience sells out fast so book your tickets several months ahead.

Harry Potter Tour from Kings X

Learn how the iconic train scenes were filmed, and browse through your favorite character’s luggage! For the first time ever, enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank! Walk through the wizarding bank of Gringott’s, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins, and much more. Admire the imposing marble columns and discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook, and many other Golbin bankers. You’ll have approximately 4 hours to enjoy the magic of the Harry Potter studio.

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8 | Tour of London Christmas Lights at night

See London at its best at Christmas and be dazzled by the glittering festive lights display from onboard an open top bus tour. The tour is led by an expert guide and the journey takes the route along all the Christmassy shop display. As well the Regent Street, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tower Bridge.

London by Night Open Top Bus Tour


Have you experienced any quirky and fun activities in London which you may want to share? I would love to know your story or stories. Please share in the Comments below.

Have a splendid Christmas and stay safe.


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8 Quirky Ideas to Experience at Christmas in London first published at timelesstravelsteps.com and is regularly updated. Last update October 13, 2021

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Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London

In the heart of Kings Cross, there is a beautiful area that brings a totally different atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of London City life. This hidden gem of traffic-free Victorian cobbled streets and red-brick arches adds a unique flavour to the shopping and dining culture in London. It is even more spectacular during the festive season. Located within a 5-minute walk of Kings Cross Station, the Coal Drops Yard at Christmas is a destination not to be missed. The magical, merry and bright lights at the upscale Coal Drops Yard shopping and dining area is atmospheric, presented in an unusually Christmassy tree entwined with a ‘green spirit’.

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas and its very special untraditional Christmas tree

The unusual Christmas installations at Coal Drops Yard is a huge 8.5 metre (28 ft) high Terrarium Tree. It is a creation by the Botanical Boys. This magnificent creation feature 70 terrariums with each containing a unique, individual mini garden. The terrariums are surrounded by 168 mirrored baubles in differing sizes, bringing the unconventional Christmas tree to life with its glowing reflections. Added to this is the illumination from below, casting a beautiful warm glow across the courtyard.

In keeping with their green spirit, the terrariums will grow in their baubles throughout this festive season. When the festivities are over, the terrariums will be re-homed in 2021. As well, the main structure of the tree is reusable and will be transformed into new tree designs.

Coal Drops Yard at Christmas – A place to Shop, Eat, Drink & Explore

Shop

Along with the magical and festive spirit, the shops at Coal Drops Yard are adding to the merry cheer of Christmas shopping. With Christmas being a little different this year with much of Christmas shopping done online, the many brands home to Coal Drops Yard are offering exclusive in-store discounts.

From new names to well-known brands such as &- Other Stories, one-stop styling destinations, to Wolf & Badger, an independent homeware and beauty brand, Coal Drops Yard is the place for unique and extraordinary gifts.

For a full listings of places to shop and brands to look-out for, check this website: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/shopping-at-kings-cross-listing

Eat and Drink | Coal Drops Yard at Christmas

Wider Kings Cross area is a foodie hotspot that has something for everyone and for every budget. The restaurants, bars and cafes at Coal Drops Yard offer cosy terraces and covered spaces to welcome diners for authentic dining experiences.

Many of the eateries at Coal Drops Yard have beautiful terraces with al fresco dining along with outdoor heating and blankets to ward-off the winter chill.

For fun and authentic Mexican corn tortillas, tacos and tostadas with refreshing tequila, head over to Plaza Pastor. It is a permanent outdoor venue, totally covered and heated.

The Drop is an elegant wine bar nestled under the old Victorian arches and has seating outdoors with good heating. The wine list is said to be one of the best around and they serve responsibly sourced oysters, meat and cheeses.

For a full listings of cozy terraces and eateries go to: https://www.coaldropsyard.com/cosy-outdoor-terraces-at-coal-drops-yard/

Explore the surrounds of Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross London

As well, you could grab yourself a drink or immerse yourself in a book on the steps by Regent’s Canal. Regent’s Canal runs through the heart of Kings Cross and has been transformed to be an important part of this neighbourhood at Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square. As you walk along the canal from Granary Square towards Gasholder Park, you will see Camley Street Nature Park.

A nature reserve, Camley Street Nature Park was created from a two-acre coal yard in 1984. The beautiful woodland, the grassland and wetland habitats provide a haven for birds, butterflies and plant life. A little further along the towpath, you will reach Gasholder Park and St Pancras Cruising Club. St Pancras Cruising Club is a lovely spot to enjoy a slower pace of life.

A little background to Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross London

Opened in October 2018, Coal Drops Yard is part of the wider redevelopment of Kings Cross area in Central London offering high-end shopping and dining experiences. Home to a wonderful mix of independent shops and signature brands from both home and abroad, visiting Coal Drops Yard is an experience in itself. Seeing how beautiful it is today, you would never know that this area was once used as warehouses for storing coal, colonised by a nightclub and formed part of derelict London branded by prostitution and drug-dealing.

Built in 1850, the two long Victorian warehouses has attached train viaducts. The two-storey brick and cast-iron sheds were used to receive and store coal for London from South Yorkshire, North of England. About 8 million tonnes were transported each year, trans-shipped via the Regent’s Canal and horse-drawn carts to heat homes and businesses in the City of London. As coal usage declined, the warehouses were adapted for light industry and storage. There was a nightclub here as well, Bagley’s which was closed in 2007. Eventually, the area fell into disuse by the late 1990s.


Practical Information for Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London

Location:

Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ

Opening hours:

Coal Drops Yard is open to visitors between 10am-11pm. Please check individual retailer pages for opening hours and information.

How to get to Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross London

As it is in the heart of the City of London, the most convenient way to reach Coal Drops Yard is by public transport to Kings Cross Station or St Pancras Station. At Kings Cross Station, access via King’s Boulevard or King’s Cross Square – follow signs for Regent’s Canal, cross the bridge over the canal, and Coal Drops Yard is on the left, just off Granary Square.

Plan ahead > Places to Stay near Kings Cross

As Kings Cross is in the heart of London, there are many possibilities for accommodation. From budget, mid-range apartments to luxurious 5-star accommodation near Kings Cross London. If you are considering a stay at a beautiful affordable reputable hotel, I would recommend staying at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington. or the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington

Firstly, Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington is a 4-star rated accommodation and offers easy access to transportation at High Street Kensington. You could dine on site for a modern British and European cuisine – but why would you when you can get to Coal Drops Yard in an easy taxi ride or by the London Underground to Kings Cross.

Secondly, the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington is also a 4-star rated accommodation set against fashionable South Kensington, with easy access to Victoria Albert Museum, Hyde Park and Gloucester Road tube station. Staying here will also give you easy access to Coal Drops Yard and surrounds of Kings Cross.

The Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Group run seasonal campaigns and offer discounts for their members as well which may be something of value to you if you are considering travels and enjoying their hospitality at your selected destinations. Use the link below and search for your stay.

For a greater selection of accommodation to suit every budget, including self-catered apartments, long-stay, family vacation, look-up booking dot com who are my go-to search engine for good quality places to stay.

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Plan ahead > Activities to do when in London

London is a grand city that has quirky, and extraordinarily memorable activities to fulfill every wanderlust. From traditional sightseeing landmarks such as the St Paul’s Cathedral, or visiting a Monument dedicated to the resilience of Londoners to fun rooftop bars and climbing The O2 – your visit to the City of London will not disappoint. In addition, there are so many choices to experience a little of the English countryside on a day trip from London. Highly recommended are visits to the Roman Baths and a visit to Somerset to experience the ancient architectural marvel as well as the Lake District.

Recommended read: Stonehenge — A Sophisticated Architecture not to miss!

For an extraordinarily special experience when visiting London, enjoy a trip on 1st class and go on a scenic train journey. Learn more about train tickets and choices you have from Trainline and FirstTranspennine Express.

Recommended read: All about Train Travelling and Unique Experiences by Train

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Finally on Coal Drops Yard at Christmas …

A visit to Coal Drops Yard at Christmas or at any time of the year and you will find that it is a place of culture, food and great vibes. There are so many choices to satisfy one’s gastronomic cravings with a great combination of boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars and plenty of outdoor spaces. Both Granary Square and Regent’s Canal are great for people watch or to read a book. Coal Drops Yard is a destinations that should top your list when in London.


Have you visited Coal Drops Yard? If you have, please do share your experiences — you never know who you might inspire. If you are yet to, was this article valuable to you in planning your visit to Coal Drops Yard? If so, let me know in comments below. Would love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful time exploring Coal Drops Yard.

Georgina xx

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Coal Drops Yard at Christmas in Kings Cross London first published at timelesstravelsteps.com Updated October 19, 2021

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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. 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 current uncertain times, this year (2020) 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.

London's Christmas Lights

London’s Christmas Lights at Oxford Street

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” .

London’s Christmas Lights 2020 Oxford Street, London

Along with messages of goodwill, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights 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.

2021 dates TBC


Recommended read: Best 10 Christmas Lights in London

London’s Christmas Lights at Carnaby Street

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.

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

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights 2021 – November 4


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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.

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.

Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2021 – TBC


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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.

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

Regent Street Christmas Lights 2021 – November 12


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)

Christmas at Kew 2021 – November 17 2021 through to January 9, 2022 | From 4 pm to 10 pm – Advance bookings only


Ways to Experience the Magical Christmas Lights in London

Admire the famous and magical Christmas Lights in Oxford Street and Regent Street by booking the following tour:


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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London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer first published at timelesstravelsteps.com and is regularly updated. Last update 17 October, 2021

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Christmas in London — Magical Markets, Dazzling lights and Fairytale Ice Rink

Christmas in London- Magical Markets, Dazzling lights and Fairytale Ice Rink

Christmas in London is special, magical and for me, it is the most wonderful time of the year. It is the time of year where Christmas Markets pop up with the best and unique gift ideas for your loved ones, the aroma of spiced infused mulled wine beckons you to try even if you do not want to! The mince pies and roasted chestnuts have their special appeal too. Streets of London glow with more lights than usual that it almost seems like walking through a magical fairyland.

Added to this, the festive vibes that comes along with ice skating rinks accompanied by Christmas songs and hot chocolate with marshmallow topped. Without a doubt, you will also find some of the best decorated Christmas trees in London. There is no place more magical than London.

If you are looking for some festive fun and cheer this year at Christmas, come over to London and experience Christmas in London. London will not disappoint. Here is a list of places you can visit during this festive season.

Christmas in London

Christmas in London | Magical Christmas Markets

1 | Christmas Markets at London’s Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London. November 19th 2021- January 3rd 2022 [Opens 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day]

One of the biggest Christmas Markets in London is Winter Wonderland although it is more like the biggest fun fair in London at Christmas!. It draws thousands of visitors, both near and far for an experience of the largest outdoor ice rink, festive food stalls and the many different rides, roller coasters and ferris wheel. There is an IceBar that serves unique festive cocktails,. The one attraction which I would highly recommend is the Santa Land, an enchanting experience for both young and old. Don’t forget to walk around the stalls for some beautiful handcrafted gifts.

Entry is FREE but attractions and activities are not. For some attractions, prior booking is recommended.

For more information on Winter Wonderland, check their official website here.

2 | Leicester Square Christmas Market

Leicester Square Christmas Market, London: November 12, 2021 to January 3, 2022 [Opens: 12.00 p.m – 10.00 p.m Mon – Fri
10.00 a.m – 10.00 p.m Sat-Sun

The Leicester Square Christmas Market is very much in the heart of London, in theatre land and just a stone’s throw from China Town. It is in the most vibrant part of the City of London. This market is rather small compared to Winter Wonderland but the festive vibes are very present. You will find plenty of food stalls, handcrafted bespoke gifts stalls, festive ornaments and variety shows. In fact, I feel more “at home” here because it has more of a traditional feel than any of the other Christmas Markets in London. The stalls are authentic Bavarian-style wooden huts and this, for me adds to the warmth of the Christmas cheer.

Entrance is FREE. Santa’s Grotto is £11.50 (2020) and the Cabaret Shows are ticketed. For more information on Leicester Square Christmas Market, check their official website here.

3 | Covent Garden Christmas Markets

Covent Garden Christmas Markets, London. November 9, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

Covent Garden is one of the most popular shopping destinations in London at anytime of the year. It is unique because it is one place where you will find highend fashion names alongside market traders, all offering a very special shopping experience. Over 200 stores and each offer their own speciality. There is a wide range of unique handmade crafts and goods, from jewellery and prints to watercolours, soaps and sweet treats – all presenting a perfect opportunity to shop under one roof for that special gift at Christmas for your friends and family.

Christmas is especially beautiful at the Apple Market (don’t forget to look up) when the Christmas decorations go up. With large silver baubles and mistletoe along with carol singing and aroma of food, Covent Garden exudes unbeatable festive vibes making it a magical haven and an instagrammable hotspot! For more information on Covent Garden, check their official website here.

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Christmas in London – Dazzling Christmas Lights Display

Experience the magic of Christmas in London and be dazzled by some of the amazing Christmas Lights Display which will have you in awe. The lights display are a must-see event and the following should top any list.

1 | Oxford Street Christmas Lights Display, London

Christmas is definitely here in London when you are in Oxford Street. You will be amazed at the seasonal window displays lining up the infamous shopping street in the world.

The lights at Oxford Street are spectacular. The display features LED light curtains, made up of sparkling lights draped over the length of the shopping street. The Street is lit up until early January, be sure not to miss it.

Recommended read: London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer

2 | Carnaby Street Christmas Lights Display | Christmas in London

Carnaby Street Christmas lights display is unique each year, displaying a message that is current and close to the hearts and minds of people.

In 2019, it was a quirky underwater theme. Carnaby teamed-up with ocean conservation charity Project 0 for this sustainable display. The display featured bubble-blowing whale, glittering underwater creatures such as giant clusters of jellyfish and 200 illuminated vampire squid – all made using recycled and reusable materials.

In 2020, Carnaby teamed up with Choose Love to bring a message of Love & Unity, brightening up the fashionable street with uplifting messages in pink neon lights.

Yet another display of neon lights comes to Carnaby in 2021. This time it is in the form of over 600 fluttering butterflies representing transformation, change and hope.

Christmas lights at Carnaby in 2021 is scheduled for November 4.

3 | Regent Street / Piccadilly Christmas Lights Display, London

The glorious and amazing golden angels over Regent Street

London's Christmas Lights

…adding that glittering sparkle to our festive shopping.

This is one street in London that must be visited to experience the magical Christmas that is often associated with London.

Pro tip: Best to visit later in the evening after shopping hours when it is less crowded. Between 9 p.m. and midnight is ideal.

Recommended tour: Christmas in London | Christmas Lights Bus Tour


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London’s Fabulous Ice Skating Rinks at Christmas

The festive season not only brings magical markets and dazzling lights into play but also some of London’s finest ice-skating rinks bounce into business. Ice skating is one of London’s winter traditions. Not everyone is Torville and Dean, and you don’t have to know how to slide and glide. You can get your skates on and inch your way on the handrail at one of these fabulous ice skating rinks in London that has the loveliest of backdrops I have seen. It all comes together with the music, the dazzling lights and round and round the Christmas tree. Here are two of the best Ice Rinks for an unmissable Christmas in London experience.

1 | Somerset House Ice Rink | Christmas in London

This is the most iconic of London’s ice rink and comes complete with a 40ft Christmas tree, specially curated decorations, delicious food and drink along with contemporary music. A spectacular experience for everyone when celebrating Christmas in London.

Somerset House Ice Rink. Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. [Open from November 17, 2021 to January 16, 2022]. Adult tickets start from £11.00

2 | London’s Natural History Museum at Christmas

The Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most enchanting of ice rinks in London. There is a 30ft tree, beautifully decorated with dazzling twinkling lights right in the centre. Benugo’s Cafe serves up hot chocolate, cream teas, prosecco and cake. There is a viewing platform providing a glimpse of all the sparkling action below.

2021 is the FINAL year of the ice rink at Natural History Museum. If you haven’t experienced it, get your skates on!

Natural History Museum, London. Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. [Open from 11:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m. | October 22, 2021 to January 16, 2022 . Adult tickets start from £12.65; Children £8.80

3 | Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink


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Finally …

Have you visited London at Christmas? Share your experiences and you may inspire other readers. If you haven’t, was this post valuable to you in planning your visits to London during the Christmas festive season? If so, please let me know in comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Recommendations for timeless experiences

For incredible and timeless travel experiences in London, I would highly recommend joining a tour. You will be guided to experience the best highlights as well as some of the hidden gems accompanied by the many tales of Christmas. Here is a list of all the magical experiences to get into:

1 | London Christmas Lights bus tour

2 | London Christmas Walking Tour

3 | London by Night Sightseeing on the Open-Top bus tour

4 | Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in London

5 | Christmas Lights tour in a London’s Black Cab

6 | London Christmas Lights Bike Tour

More timeless experiences…

7 | London’s Festive Sights and Christmas Lights

8 | Personal Travel and Photographer in London

9 | River Thames City Highlights Cruise

10 | London Vintage Bus, Thames Cruise and Fish & Chips at a Traditional London Pub

No Christmas is complete without a visit to the extraordinary magical scene of Harry Potter, especially so for Harry Potter fans:

11 | Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour & Transfers

12 | Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour in London


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Have an awesome time this Christmas

Georgina xx

Updated October 27, 2021

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Please check with event organisers directly via links provided for opening times, prices and ways to book your time slot. This article was initially published in December 2019 and last updated on October 27, 2021. Whatever you do, always have fun and enjoy Christmas in London.


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