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London Christmas Lights

London West End at Christmas

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London lights up at Christmas - literally! Check out these photos of London's West End taken in the evening when it's really worth visiting the big stores on Oxford Street and Regent Street. And it won't cost you a penny!

1. London Christmas Lights 2013

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© Laura Porter

 Switch on dates:

  • Harrods Christmas Parade: Saturday 2 November
  • Covent Garden Wednesday 6 November, 6pm
  • Seven Dials & St Martin's Courtyard - Thursday 7 November
  • Regent Street: Saturday 9 November
  • Oxford Street: Tuesday 12 November (from Selfridges)
  • Carnaby Street:  Thursday 14 November, 5-9pm
  • South Molton Street: 14 November
  • Westfield Stratford City:  Saturday 16 November, 5pm
  • Westfield London November - tbc
  • Leadenhall Market: Friday 22 November, 4.30-6.40pm
  • Greenwich Market: Wednesday 27 November, 4-7pm
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree: Thursday 5 December

2. London Christmas Lights 2012

Harrods London Christmas 2012
© Fred Duval/Getty Images

Switch on dates:

  • Harrods Christmas Parade: Saturday 3 November
  • Oxford Street: Monday 5 November - sponsored by Marmite
  • Westfield London: Taylor Swift on 6 Nov
  • Covent Garden: Wednesday 7 November, 6.30pm
  • Carnaby Street: Thursday 8 November
  • Regent Street: Tuesday 13 November - Team GB & ParalympicsGB + fireworks
  • Westfield Stratford City: 19 November - Rhianna
  • St James's: Friday 21 November
  • Bond Street: Thursday 22 November
  • Greenwich Market: Wednesday 28 November
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree: Thursday 6 December

3. London Christmas Lights 2011

Oxford Street London Christmas 2011
© Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Switch on dates:

  • Oxford Street: Tuesday 1 November - The Saturdays
  • Harrods Christmas Parade: Saturday 5 November
  • Westfield London: Monday 7 November, 5pm - Justin Beiber
  • Westfield Stratford City: Monday 7 November, 7.45pm - Justin Beiber
  • Regent Street: Tuesday 8 November, 5-6.30pm - Arthur Christmas
  • Covent Garden: Wednesday 9 November
  • Carnaby Street: Thursday 10 November
  • Bond Street: Friday 18 November
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree: Thursday 1 December

4. London Christmas Lights 2010

© Laura Porter

Switch on dates:

  • Oxford Street: Thursday 4 November, 6pm
    (no celebs, Kids Company children switching on in private)
  • Harrods Christmas Parade: Saturday 6 November
  • Regent Street: Tuesday 9 November, from 5pm (Full details)
  • Covent Garden: Thursday 11 November, 6.30pm
    Theme: Kissmas (Find out more)
  • South Molton Street: Tuesday 16 November, 5.30pm
  • Bond Street: Thursday 18 December, 6pm
  • Whiteleys: Thursday 18 December,6pm (Find out more)
  • Elizabeth Street SW1: Tuesday 23 November, 6-7pm
    (Amanda Holden switching on the lights)
  • Greenwich: Thursday 24 November 4-9pm
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree: Thursday 2 December

5. London Christmas Lights 2009

Disney's A Christmas Carol
© Disney
3 November is the big night in London as the lights switched on across town by the stars of the new Disney film, A Christmas Carol. Find out more...

7. London Christmas Lights 2007

London Christmas Lights: Debenhams
© Laura Porter
In 2007, Oxford Street's lights were sponsored by Disney to celebrate the Enchanted movie.

8. London Christmas Lights 2006

London Christmas Lights: Selfridges window detail
© Laura Porter
In 2006, Regent's Street's lights were themed around the Flushed Away movie.
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