Nothing signifies the approach of Christmas like the glow of seasonal street lights. Here's our guide to when London's 2021 festive lights are switched on (and the accompanying parties) in some of the capital's biggest shopping destinations including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby. We'll update this article as more lights are announced, but bear in mind that things may be a little different this year.
Carnaby Christmas lights 2021 - 4 November
Carnaby was the first area to announce its Christmas light plans for 2021. It's teamed up with refugee charity Choose Love (which has a pop-up store at 3 Carnaby Street) for Carnaby Kaleidoscope, an overhead display of over 600 shimmering butterflies signifying rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life.
It's unveiled on 4 November, when the annual Christmas shopping party takes place. Register for a free ticket to take advantage of discounts and special events in the local shops, restaurants and bars.
Regent Street Christmas lights 2021 - 12 November
So far, the switch-on date is all we know about the 2021 Regent Street Christmas lights — though we're hoping those iconic Spirit of Christmas angels light up the famous shopping street once more. We'll update when we know more.
Oxford Street Christmas lights 2021 - date TBC
We don't yet know when Oxford Street's lights will be switched on — or what 2021's illuminations will look like, following 2020's hero shoutouts — but we'll keep you updated.
Covent Garden Christmas lights 2021 - date TBC
Covent Garden hasn't yet announced its Christmas lights plans for 2021, but that's OK — we're still enjoying the neon artworks of Chila Burman in prime position in the Market Hall.
Normally the Covent Garden Christmas switch-on happens in mid-November. Keep checking back as we'll post updates here when we know more.
Seven Dials Christmas lights 2021 - date TBC
Seven Dials usually combines the switching-on the light installation with a Christmas shopping event. It's normally in mid-November but 2021 details haven't been announced yet so check back closer to the time.
St James's Christmas lights 2021 - date TBC
Yep, you guessed it, no details yet — we'll update this page when we know more.
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree 2021- date TBC
The Mayor of Westminster, Norwegian Ambassador and governing Mayor of Oslo usually switch on the lights on the Trafalgar Square tree on the first Thursday in December, though we're awaiting confirmation of the 2021 date. The tree is a gift from Norway every year — more information about the lighting ceremony here.