‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the streets of London – like many other towns and cities across the country – are bedecked with beautiful sparkling lights and decorations. If you’re visiting during the festive period, whether it’s to get your Christmas shopping done or to enjoy a festive break, you should be sure to make some time to see the lights. To help you, here are a few of our favourite festive locations…
This fashionable area has a reputation for offering elegant displays; they tend towards crystalline displays of pure white lights which create a sense of magic and wonder. This year, the displays include stunning peacock-feather displays, arcing gracefully over the streets. The Bond Street lights are up until the 6th January.
Not only famed for its shops but also for its festive displays, Oxford Street will once again be decorated with 1778 glowing white orbs along its full length, floating as if by magic above the traffic. It’s the fifty-fifth year that Oxford Street has been lit up for the festive season, and it looks just as impressive as ever! The Oxford Street lights are up until the 4th January.
It’s a bit of a trek away from us, but we have to recommend the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival – if only because of the rabbits! As part of the festival, artist Amanda Parer has brought her piece “Intrude” which consists of giant illuminated rabbits, frozen within the Winter Festival grounds. The Winter Festival is already on, but the rabbits should be present from the 6th December to 11th January.
The famous department store is well known for the Christmas lights that decorate its Knightsbridge store every year – as well as for the luxury shopping inside and a special Christmas Grotto for their rewards members (sadly already sold out). This year, they have a released a sweet animated video about their lights! The Harrods lights will remain on throughout the festive season.