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When Do London Christmas Lights Get Switched On?

October 26, 2017

Whilst shopping on Oxford Street look up and you may see the circular shaped looking lanterns above your head, but when do they light up?

Here are the dates for your diary when London’s Christmas lights get switched on for 2017.

Regent Street

Regent Street switch on their Christmas lights display on November 16th. ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ theme returns with beautiful lit up angels aligning the shopping street. The display is made up of over 300,000 twinkling LED lights and is inspired by the first ever Regent Street light display back in 1954. The street will be closed to traffic from early evening with a late-night shopping event. More details will be available soon at


St Martin’s Courtyard

St Martin’s Courtyard will be celebrating Christmas on Thursday 23rd November from 5pm-9pm with an exclusive shopping evening and unveiling of the brand-new Christmas lights installation. There will be live music from brass band Brasstermind, complimentary Prosecco from Piaggio Bar, a S’mores bar, up to 20% off shopping and dining and in-store experiences such as Christmas nail art at Blow Ltd.

Register here for your free ticket and glass of Prosecco.

Carnaby Street

On Thursday 9th November between 5pm-9pm, the Carnaby Christmas Carnival will take place. Watch the brand-new immersive Carnival themed decorations and lights be switched on at 6pm and join in the shopping party where DJ Norman Jay MBE will be providing the tunes alongside exciting performances, exclusive shopping offers and in-store events throughout the night. Ticket holders can also enjoy a rum cocktail from the Carnaby pop-up bar.

Over 100 Carnaby brands will be offering 20% discount on the night including PUMA, The Kooples and Urban Decay. As well as discount available at restaurants including Le Bab, Dirty Bones, Pizza Pilgrims and the newly opened Breddos Tacos. Carnaby Christmas Party is free and you can register for a ticket to the event at

Carnaby Christmas 2016

Oxford Street

One of London’s busiest shopping streets Oxford Street, will light up for Christmas on November 7th from 5pm. The event always draws in large crowds, so wrap up warm and be prepared for lots and lots of people. This year the lights are sponsored by the NSPCC and Capital FM, and Rita Ora will be switching on the famous lights. Joining Rita will be performances from X-Factor winner Matt Terry and boy band 5 After Midnight. There will also be music from jazz band Five Guys Named Moe.

For all updates follow the Oxford Street event page on Facebook.


Duke Of York Square

The Christmas lights switch on at Duke of York Square will be on Saturday 18th November. It will be a family affair with the chance to meet real reindeer and also see Father Christmas turn on the lights. Entertainment will begin from 2pm across the areas of Duke of York Square, Sloane Square and Pavilion Road. The switch on moment will be at 5pm on Sloane Square.

Covent Garden

This year sees the return of the mistletoe theme in Covent Garden, with 40 magnificent mistletoe chandeliers adorned with almost 700 glistening berries and connected with almost 1000,000 pea lights. Outside the Piazza will also be the London’s biggest hand-picked tree and on the East side will be a giant reindeer statue. The Christmas lights will be switched on on the evening of Tuesday November 14th.

reindeer at covent garden london

Marylebone Christmas Lights

Marylebone Village turn on their lights with a celebration on Wednesday 15th November. Join the community from 3pm-7pm, with a lights switch on at 6pm for a fun-filled evening. There will be on-stage performances, activities and plenty stalls to shop and eat. The lights are the north end of Marylebone High Street, Paddington Street and Devonshire Street.

Seven Dials

Seven Dials will have a Christmas celebration for their lights turn on November 16th from 5pm-9pm. As well as the lights switch on there will be a shopping evening event with discounts in store and performances from the amazing Some Voices choir. The surrounding streets will be traffic-free and the lights switch on will take place at 6.30pm around the central iconic Seven Dials monument. For more info check out

Seven Dials Lights Christmas

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