When Are London's Christmas Lights Switched On For 2021?

When Are London's Christmas Lights Switched On For 2021?
Christmas lights on Regent Street: When are London's 2019 Christmas lights switched on
Christmas lights on Regent Street

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

Regent Street Christmas lights: when are London's Christmas lights 2019 turned on?
Regent Street Christmas lights

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

The Christmas lights on Oxford Street last year

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 Christmas lights: when are London's 2019 Christmas lights switched on?
Covent Garden Christmas lights

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 Christmas lights event: when are London's 2019 Christmas lights switched on
Christmas lights in Seven Dials

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.

Last Updated 11 October 2021

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