Christmas lights on London’s main shopping street definitely boost up our seasonal moods. There is no better cure during the bleak winter months than the bright festive displays, which remind us about coming Christmas. Below we present the best spots in London to admire Christmas lights.
Oxford street is one of the busiest shopping areas of London with thousands of shoppers looking for the ideal festive gift for friends and family. These twinkly illuminations are this year sponsored by the famous yeasty spread, Marmite and will be up throughout the festive period, until 5 January 2013. At the switch-on ceremony on November 5, Robbie Williams flicked the switch, that turned on over 300,00 bulbs!
Each year Bond Street Christmas lights transform the area into a complete winter wonderland, bubbling with activity and entertainment. A stylish and chic Christmas will definitely be the order of the day thanks to the Bond Street Christmas lights this year, as they add their festive glow to the boutiques and designer stores lining this fashionable part of the West End.
The Christmas lights on upmarket Bond Street were switched on by Gareth Malone and the Military Wives Choir during a late-night shopping event on November 22 and will remain in place until Twelfth Night, so there is plenty of opportunity to see the traditional light display while browsing your favourite Bond Street stores.
Some 40 Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes switched on this year’s Regent Street Christmas lights. The group, including long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford and cyclists Sarah and Barney Storey, were preceded by classical solo trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and quintet The Masques, opera singer Noah Stewart, and the cast of ‘Matilda the Musical’. The seasonal display is a mile-long array of lights decorated with gold holly and red berry garlands together with plaques recounting the story of the 12 days of Christmas. The new design (a change from the delicate nets of light that have been wheeled out for the past few years) also features celebratory tributes to our brilliant Olympic and Paralympic teams.
This year Carnaby has teamed up with the The Rolling Stones, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, for their 2012 Christmas installations. The Rolling Stones/Carnaby relationship started in the 1960s. The band would often frequent the shops in Carnaby Street, and just round the corner in Broadwick Street they rehearsed for their first live shows. The decorations will consist of huge 3D spheres suspended throughout Carnaby Street containing gold and silver vinyl records emblazoned with the band’s iconic artwork and album covers. The Carnaby arches will also be dressed with the Stones’ tongue logo. In addition there will be a Rolling Stones pop-up shop in Carnaby selling limited edition, clothes, bags and prints plus the band’s new Greatest Hits collection, GRRR!
If you’re planning coming to London for your Christmas shopping this year, the above lights and decorations are a must-see attraction. Our hotels are situated just around the corner from the main shopping streets and festive lights: Thistle Marble Arch, The Kingsley and Bloomsbury Park still have rooms available!