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 things may be a little different this year.
Carnaby Christmas lights 2021 - 4 November
Carnaby has 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.
Covent Garden Christmas lights 2021 - 9 November
Belgravia Christmas lights 2021 - from 10 November
Various areas across Belgravia, including Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, Pimlico Road, Eccleston Yards and Halkin Arcade, will be illuminated with white lights from 10 November.
Regent Street Christmas lights 2021 - from 13 November
The 2021 Regent Street Christmas lights will be switched on from the weekend of 13 November, though there's no big switch-on event this year. Those iconic Spirit of Christmas angels will light up the shopping street once more from 2pm-midnight every day (we saw them being tested out mid-October and they're looking as glitzy as ever).
St James's Christmas lights 2021 - from 13 November
As with neighbouring Regent Street, the St James's Christmas lights will be switched on from 13 November 2021.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea Christmas lights 2021 - 20 November
As always, Chelsea lights up for Christmas on a Saturday, with an afternoon of family-friendly events. Enjoy entertainment across Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road and King's Road before the lights go on.
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.
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.
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree 2021- 2 December
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.