Christmas Lights in London 2013
Cheval Residences is the perfect option to see the Christmas Lights in London this holiday!
The City of London takes Christmas very seriously. London's Christmas Lights are like a cinammon and spice slap in the face. It makes you believe in Santa no matter how old you are and makes even the grumpiest person in the world smile.
Enough said, here is the list of the best Christmas Lights sites in London.
Carnaby Christmas 2013: The Year of the Robin
The 13 streets that make up this prime west Soho shopping area always make a fuss for Christmas - and this year is no exception. Expect a flock of giant robins to start bobbing along from Nov14, when the lights on the arches of Carnaby Street itself will also be switched on. A huge LED screen will display your tweets and Instagram snaps of the event, while you enjoy the live entertainment: gigs from breaking bands, free drinks, goodie bags and even a talk on current trends from Grazia's Editor-at-Large Angela Buttolph. The website will also offer a 20% discount with more than 100 local boutiques.
Where: Carnaby Street
From November 14 to January 6
Duke of York Square Christmas Grotto
Get in the festive spirit with this new West London christmas extravaganza, featuring an arts and crafts marquee, santa's grotto and a camel parade. One child will have the good fortune of getting to switch on the square's lights, all to a soundtrack of music by the Sloane Square Choral Society. Yule love it.
Where: Duke Of York Square King's Rd, SW3 4LY
From November 9
Christmas in Trafalgar Square 2013
A huge Christmas tree has been a seasonal symbol in Trafalgar Square since 1947, taking pride of place there until Twelfth Night (Jan 6), when it is taken down for recycling. The tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, using vertical strings of energy-efficient bulbs, which will be switched on at a ceremony (usually with dignitaries from Oslo and Westminster) on December 5. On December 8, there will be a torchlit procession for the Blessing of the Crib on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Designed by Tomaki Suzuki, the crib will remain on display through December. Back at the tree, carols are performed each evening from December 9 to 22 (4-8pm Mon-Fri; 2-6pm Sat, Sun) by a wide variety of London choral groups, with any donations for the performance going to charity.
Where: Trafalgar Square
From December 8 to December 22
Covent Garden Christmas
If the buzz of Oxford Street leaves you cold, this alternative Christmas destination could be just the thing. Centred around the piazza but also taking in some of the streets radiating from it, Covent Garden Christmas offers a wide range of festive treats, all of them beginning on Nov 6 when the lights are switched on at 6pm.
Where: Covent Garden Market Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8RF
From November 6 to December 24
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
The Oxford Street Christmas Lights have been revamped this year to the tune of £1.5m - and will be illuminated to the, er, tunes of Jessie J, Conor Maynard, X-Factor 2012 winner James Arthur, and Capital FM DJs Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry. Local girl Jessie gets to pull the switch - from a temporary stage outside Selfridges - at 5pm, when 750,000 LEDs will transform the prime shopping street into a gentle storm of falling snowflakes.
Where: Oxford Street
From November 12 to January 6
Regent Street Christmas Lights: VIPeabody Day
The Regent Street Christmas lights will this year be themed around DreamWorks' new time-travelling comedy adventure 'Mr Peabody and Sherman'. For the illumination of the lights, Regent Street will be closed to traffic for a variety of entertainments, beginning at 3pm with a catwalk showcasing local fashion stores. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and TV personality Jamie Theakston will MC for the switch-on itself, which is to be accompanied by a firework display.
Where: Regent Street
From November 9
Westfield Stratford City Christmas Lights 2013
Westfield's Christmas lights are this year to be snapped on by CBBC stars Dick and Dom - with, of course, Santa himself in attendance - but only after a parade along The Street outside M&S with a 12 Days of Christmas theme: 12 drummers, 11 bagpipers, even a partridge in a pear tree… and ten Morris-men in lieu lords-a-leaping, plus a fabulous nine Bollywood ladies dancing and seven swan-costumed ballerinas. Santa’s Elves will be giving away all manner of free goodies, and there will be live music on the Chestnut Plaza from 4pm. Face-painting and other kids' activities will carry on all day, while festivities come to a close with a fireworks display.
Where: Westfield Stratford City Great Eastern Road, E20
From November 16 to January 6
Winter Lights at Canary Wharf
Dutch artist Rombout Frieling has created some rather unusual wind-powered illuminations for Middle Dock’s winter display this year. The little fluttering lights are called Flumens and are arranged in the shape of sails that are responsive to the breeze. Head down after dusk to catch the full effect. The lights are viewable 24 hours a day.
Where: Canary Wharf Isle Of Dogs, E14 4HJ
From December 16 to January 25
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