When Are London's Christmas 2018 Lights Switched On?

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Christmas on Regent Street 2017
Christmas on Regent Street 2017

Nothing signifies the approach of Christmas more than the glow of seasonal street lights. Here's our guide to when London's 2018 festive lights are switched on (and the accompanying parties) in some of the capital's biggest shopping destinations. We'll be updating this article in the run-up to Christmas, so keep checking back closer to the festive season as more details are announced.

Oxford Street Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

Oxford Street Christmas lights
Oxford Street Christmas lights 2017

No details for 2018 yet. The light switch-on took place on Tuesday 7 November 2017, so we'd hazard a guess at Tuesday 6 November 2018, but this hasn't been confirmed. Keep an eye on the Oxford Street website for further details — they usually wheel out some big name celebs to press the button.

Carnaby Christmas lights 2018 - Thursday 8 November

Carnaby Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Christmas lights 2018
Queen lyrics will light up Carnaby

Carnaby Christmas is on 8 November 2018, with special events and discounts in the local shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the all-important switch-on. We've already got an idea was to what this year's theme will be — the lyrics to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody will be illuminated above the area from October until January, and we're promised that Christmas decorations will take the form of "additional elements installed at the beginning of November".

Covent Garden Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

Covent Garden Christmas lights decorations 2017
Covent Garden, Christmas 2017

No news yet as to when the lights in the piazza will be switched on this year — keep an eye on the Covent Garden website. Kylie Minogue did the honours in Covent Garden on 14 November 2017, so expect a mid-November event again. Here's the 2017 switch-on:

Marylebone Village Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

Details for 2018 are yet to be announced. In 2017, the celebration took place on 15 November, with an evening of shopping, stage performances and food stalls. Watch this space for 2018 announcements.

Regent Street Christmas lights 2018 - November

Regent Street Christmas lights 2017
Regent Street Christmas lights 2017

We know it'll be some time in November but the exact date has yet to be announced.

Seven Dials Christmas lights 2018 - 15 November

Seven Dials combines the light switch-on with a Christmas shopping event, offering discounts, special offers and events in the shops, bars and restaurants around the area.

St James's Market Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

No 2018 details announced yet — watch this space.

Kingston Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

No details yet — keep an eye on this website.

Duke of York Square Chelsea Christmas lights 2018

Duke of York Square Chelsea Christmas 2017.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea, Christmas 2017

Not yet announced — watch this space.

St Katharine Docks Christmas lights 2018 - date TBC

Not yet announced — keep an eye here for details.

The Shard Christmas lights 2018

In past years, The Shard has been illuminated for the month of December. No word yet on whether that will be repeated this year — turn your eyes to the skies in early December.


Why not whet your appetite with this video of London's 2016 Christmas lights: