Christmas is the most magical time of the year, especially in London! Over the festive season the magnificent Christmas Lights transforms the city into an elegant wonderland.
The festive activities on offer over the Christmas period are plentiful: explore the Christmas Markets; go on a shopping spree to find the perfect gift for your loved ones; or treat yourself to a traditional British theatre experience with a Christmas inspired pantomime, ballet or Christmas carol concert…
One activity on everyone’s list this Christmas has to be discovering the beautiful Christmas Lights that make the city light up and sparkle.
Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit more than the shine of the festive street lights. Some of them are truly breath-taking, but London is a big city and it can be difficult to know where to go to admire the most magical ones. Here is our guide to the best London Christmas Lights, and how to get there!
The lights on Oxford Street are traditionally inspired by falling snow flakes and are made up of over 1,100 decorations of various colours. But the show doesn’t stop there, as the sparkly lights glitter above your head- the seasonal window displays lining the street are also a must-see.
How to get there? Simply hop off the bus at stop 3 (grey, purple, red and yellow route) or stop 4 (grey, purple, red, blue and yellow route) and walk up to Marble Arch to reach Oxford Street.
Regent Street is home to the largest lights installations in the capital, with its famous ‘Spirit of Christmas’ lights. The iconic street is celebrating its 200th Anniversary, so we can expect something big for the switch on ceremony that will take place mid-November.
How to get there? Regent Street is located just between stop 36 on the blue route and stop 5 on the yellow route.
The Carnaby Christmas lights are always the most distinctive in town. Last year’s installation featured quirky Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics in bright neon, and two years ago a true carnival took place above the shopping street. The theme is yet to be announced, but we can’t wait to see the most incredible lights in town!
How to get there? Hop off the bus at stop 5 on the yellow route and walk for about 10 minutes.
If you like Christmas Trees, you’re in for a treat! Trafalgar Square is home to a giant Christmas Tree donated yearly by the city of Oslo, as a mark of gratitude for the British support during World War II. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion and its lighting signals the countdown to Christmas. This year’s ceremony will take place on 5 December at 6pm.
And if you’re looking for a Christmas Market, you will find one of the city’s best Christmas market only a stone’s throw away on Leicester Square.
How to get there? Hop off at stop 54 on the orange route, stop 6 on the yellow route or stop 35 on the blue route.
Whatever the season is, Covent Garden is a must-visit. It gets even more charming at this time of the year with a massive Christmas tree, iconic mistletoe and glitter balls, and some surprise installations…
How to get there? Hop off at stop 53 on the orange route or stop 55 on the orange and yellow route.
Rediscover this luxurious shopping district garlanded with spectacular lights for Christmas. And once you have admired the lights displays, don’t forget to take a look at the exclusive shops seasonal decorations.
How to get there? Hop off the bus at Gloucester Road (stop 43 on the yellow route) or at Victoria (stop 20 on the yellow route) and take the District Line to Stamford Brook.
Syon Park’s Park famous Enchanted Woodland will return this November. The garden will be transformed by light displays, with an illuminated trail taking you around the ornament lake, through the historic arboretum and to a spectacular ending at the Great Conservatory. It can take half an hour to complete the trail but better allow more time to admire the installations with the little ones and take photos.
Tickets sell fast and almost always sell out, so book in advance!
How to get there? Syon Park is accessible by public transport. Simply hop off the bus at Victoria (stop 20 on the yellow route), take the District Line to Gunnersbury station, and then 237 or 267 bus to Brentlea Gate bus stop.
Who said botanical gardens were not worth a visit during the winter months? Kew Gardens lights up after dark with their magical winter trail that takes you around the park and around interactive installations that will delight the little and not so little alike. And don’t miss the great Palm House Pound finale!
The trail is about 2.6km and takes about 75minutes to complete. Warm up with a hot drink and snack along the trail or head on down to one of the cafés once you’ve completed the trail. You will need to book tickets in advance.
How to get there? Kew Gardens is accessible by tube. Simply hop off the bus at Victoria (stop 20 on the yellow route) or Gloucester Road (stop 43 on the yellow route), and take the District Line to Kew Gardens station.
If you need help reaching any of these places of enchantment, our lovely staff will be happy to guide and inform you!
Our personal favourite way to ensure you experience all the magic of the city and capture a glimpse of London’s best Christmas Lights is by hopping on board the 45 minute non-stop Christmas Lights Tour. Enjoy amazing views of the capital from the top-deck as you listen to fascinating live commentary. The perfect London trip to get you feeling festive and in the mood for Christmas.
And if you want to add some warm drinks (did someone say mulled wine?) to your tour, why not give a try to our brand new Winter Bar Bus? Cosy up on the most original rooftop bar and enjoy the magic of Christmas with this adults-only Christmas Lights experience.
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Entry valid for 30 days
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Access to all three attractions
Valid for 30 days
20% off With Tour Ticket
Bring your own drinks
Unique rooftop bar bus
Relax and enjoy beautiful views of London
Non-stop tour of London
Live guided commentary in English, specifically for kids
Free WiFi onboard