Christmas in London
Living in or visiting London? Enjoy the most magical time of the year: wander through the twinkling lights in the streets, the magical colours flooding the trees and admire the festive decorations in shop windows. Listen to choirs and other entertainment. Shop till you drop and taste delectable meals from around the world. You will certainly enjoy a very merry atmosphere. Be safe😷
Don’t miss the annual winter light trail at Kew’s Royal Botanical Gardens Convent Garden – an impressive 115,000 lights spread across the main market building, the huge 60 foot Christmas tree is adorned with 30,000 festive lights Regent Street – this year 300,000 LED lights were handcrafted to form 45 spirit-shaped displays Marylebone Village – more than 50 shops, bars and restaurants across the village will be offering exclusive discounts and specially created menus to join in with the celebrations. Carnaby Street – bigger and better with more than 600 shimmering 3D and 2D neon butterflies Kew Gardens – take a trip down the Winter Trail with more than a million twinkling bulbs and watch the magical light show alongside a festive soundtrack at the Palm House Pond Chelsea – pick up artisanal treats from the festive Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square or enjoy Christmas cocktails on the Sloane Square Winter Terrace while soaking up the atmosphere on the King’s Road, part-pedestrianised for the very first time Bond Street this time of the year is a dream come true for anyone wanting to splash a little festive cash at the same time as taking in some illuminations Northbank – The mega-tree just up the road in Trafalgar Square may get all the attention when it comes to Christmas-lights season, but the Northbank display that sets the Strand and Villiers Street twinkling is typically also a marvellous sight Oxford Street – Christmas lights give Europe’s busiest shopping street a heart-warming glow. Last year, 27 LED curtains draped down the street, consisting of 222,000 lights Coal Drops Yard – merging a fairytale forest with modern architecture, and a giant sustainable terrarium tree made up of 70 living terrariums Connaught Village – look up to a ceiling of twinkling lights and stroll the streets admiring the festive decorations in shop windows Trafalgar Square – the lively lighting ceremony of central London’s showstopping Christmas tree is a tradition that dates back to 1947. The 80-foot-high Norwegian spruce is a gift to London from Norway, in thanks for British support during World War II The Royal Exchange – the wonderfully grand Royal Exchange gave the City a warm glow in 2019 when its 25ft-high Christmas tree was illuminated by Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey’s Anna Bates. Seven Dials – good food and lively entertainment Leadenhall Market – don’t miss the market’s huge Christmas tree covered in its own sparkling finery accompanying the glow from thousands of lights with choirs and other entertainment London Eye
Christmas Carol Singalong at the Royal Albert Hall
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