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London Christmas Lights 2021-2022

The capital of the UK glows and shines getting ready for the holidays

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

Seasonal street lights are one of the biggest joys of Christmas, they warm up people's hearts and fill them with holiday spirit. London features some of the most prominent displays in popular shopping destinations like Oxford Street and Regent Street as well as in numerous parks and gardens.

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland (November 12–28, 2021)

Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland in Brentford End shows a light display in a natural setting. The illuminated Great Conservatory is especially stunning. A walk through the park's illuminated trail may take about one hour.

Regent Street Christmas Lights (late November 2021–early January 2022, unconfirmed)

Regent Street Christmas Lights, the largest holiday lights display in the UK, light up the skies of Regent Street and St James’s. The Spirit of Christmas decorations run all the way from Oxford Circus to Waterloo Place, making it a perfect destination for an evening stroll along the traffic-free street. The lights will illuminate the streets daily from 3:30 pm to midnight. Due to the social distancing measures, there will be no grand opening event this year.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights (November 2021–early January 2022, unconfirmed)

The Oxford Street lights are usually the first to switch on in London, accompanied by special entertainment, in-store promotions, and performances. The big switch-on ceremony attracts about 1 million people. Every year, the decoration follows a new theme. Altogether there are about 750,000 lights and almost 1,800 decorations.

Carnaby Christmas Lights (November 2021–early January 2022, unconfirmed)

Carnaby Christmas lights illuminate one of the most fashionable areas of London, also kicking off special programs and sales in local shops and restaurants. Every year, a new theme is chosen, like, for example, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Covent Garden Christmas Lights (November 2021–early January 2022, unconfirmed)

Covent Garden Christmas lights mean that lots of Christmas activities are about to start. Cobbled piazza and market buildings create a perfect backdrop for the 60-ft (20-m) Christmas tree. Some 30,000 festive lights on the tree and about 115,000 lights across the Piazza will be glowing from early November through early January. Typically, there is also a switch-on ceremony with headliners, like Kylie Minogue.

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