Heading to London for your Christmas celebration in 2008? Don’t miss out on the annual London tradition of Christmas lighting ceremonies. A number of venues around London host formal Christmas lighting events and spectacles with fireworks, live music and even appearances from Santa. Most Christmas light showcases run through New Year’s Day, which means you can plan your after-Christmas shopping or other holiday excursions around a visit to some of London’s best winter wonderlands.
From the glamorous Christmas lights down Bond Street to the nostalgic assortment down Carnaby Street, here’s where you’ll find some of the best venues for Christmas lights in London for 2008.
Christmas Lights Down Marylebone High Street, London
Marylebone High Street is famous for its small flea markets and independent shops, and turns itself into a miniature winter wonderland over Christmas season with its very own light display and festivities for children. When you’re done picking up gifts at the famous Cabbages and Frocks market, count down the hours until sundown to watch the entire street light up with gold and silver lights for the Christmas 2008 season. The lights will be on all the way through January 5, 2009.
Christmas Lights in Carnaby Street, London
Carnaby Street is close to Oxford Circus and home to several art galleries, museums and designer boutiques. This cultural hotspot also hosts a beautiful Christmas light display that includes shiny silver snowmen, glittering snowflakes and a blue and white theme for the 2008 Christmas season. Enjoy the lights as soon as the sun goes down as you explore the holiday displays in the window shops and galleries. This one runs all the way through New Year’s Day.
Christmas Lights Down Regent Street, London
Wether you’re heading to Regent Street for shopping or a holiday dinner, it’s hard to miss the beautiful light display that gets turned on at 6 p.m. each night. The 2008 theme is a mix of fairies and whimsical Christmas icons that are sure to warm you up to the festivities of the season. The fun starts on November 6 and runs all the way through the first week of January 2009.
Christmas Lights Down Oxford Street, London
Another place to get your fill of shopping and holiday dining is Oxford Street, one of London’s most popular shopping districts. You’ll be treated to a canopy of bright themed lights running all the way down this historical street, and the themes include traditional Christmas icons such as bells, Nutcracker soldiers and trumpets. You can also catch the beautiful displays in each of the department store windows as you take in the glistening lights in Westminster. The lights stay on through January 4, 2009.
Other popular venues for Christmas lights in London include Bond Street, Westfield shopping center and of course, the giant tree in Trafalgar Square. You can spend a few nights just walking down all of these famous streets for some beautiful Christmas light presentations that are sure to get any Scrooge in the family into the Christmas spirit!