There are Christmas carols on the radio and the Christmas lights have already gone up in Oxford Street. Yep, there’s no denying it, Christmas is coming, and Londoners are starting to think about how they are going to celebrate the season.
One of the most fun things to do in London around this time is to go on a Christmas Lights tour – whether with an established touring company or with a couple of mates. Ok, so you’re ready to go, you’re looking suitably festive in the Christmas jumper you’re nan bought you and your matching bobble hat – but where to go?! Well, since it’s the season of giving, the City Countdown team thought that we would make it easy for you – so here’s our handy guide to where to find the best of the Christmas decorations.
Oxford Street always put on a good show. Well, they’ve been doing this for 59 years, so you’d expect them to have mastered the art of decoration in that time. Expect baubles galore, lights in trees, massive set pieces advertising festive movies and breathtaking store front decorations from the likes of John Lewis and Selfridges.
This is a personal favourite of mine. Regent’s Street’s decorations much like its resident shops, are always classy, understated but eye-catching. Expect winged angels, great swathes of lights and the odd special effect.
Another breathtaking display. As befitting one of London’s most popular meeting points, the Covent Garden Christmas decorations have something for everyone. The current market decorations have a traditional edge with gigantic green holy and baubles while the main square has a monstrous Christmas tree. However, the highlight of the annual show is undoubtedly the massive silver reindeer on a sleigh on the North Side of the square.
Once one of the most dangerous and crime ridden parts of London, modern day Seven Dials is a hipster’s paradise with trendy boutique stores selling eye wateringly expensive trainers and hip, casual gear to a funky young crowd. The area’s Christmas decorations are refreshingly traditional however with last year’s display featuring the usual fairy lights in trees and lighting installations but also delightly old school wooden boards decorated with pictures of Christmas presents, Christmas trees, animals and holly bushes.
Bond Street equals glamour and the street’s lights certainly don’t let the side down with a fittingly extravagant display almost guaranteed. In the last couple of years, the display has featured elegant illuminated peacock feathers and massive chandelier type arrangements of hanging lights.
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