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London Christmas Lights 2020-2021

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 (view the "External Resources" section below).

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.

London Christmas Lights 2020
London Christmas Lights
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Regent Street Christmas Lights (November 14, 2020–January 3, 2021)

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.

Christmas Angels in Regent Street 2020
Christmas Angels in Regent Street
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Oxford Street Christmas Lights (November 2, 2020–January 6, 2021)

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.

Oxford Street 2020
Oxford Street
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Oxford Street at Christmas 2020
Oxford Street at Christmas
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Carnaby Christmas Lights (November 2, 2020–January 5, 2021)

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. The 2020 edition is run in partnership with Choose Love, and the installation will immerse Carnaby Street into pink neon lights, conveying the message of love, unity, and solidarity in these tough times.

Carnaby Street 2020
Carnaby Street
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Covent Garden Christmas Lights (November 9, 2020–January 5, 2021, without switch-on ceremony)

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 November 9, 2020, through early January. Typically, there is a switch-on ceremony, however, the 2020 edition will go without it. Headliners of the switch-on ceremony have welcomed stars like Kylie Minogue.

Covent Garden 2020
Covent Garden
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Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland (canceled in 2020)

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.

Christmas lights in Sloane Square 2020
Christmas lights in Sloane Square
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