Tis the season to enjoy the twinkly show of holiday lights in London. Here's the definitive list of the five best spots to get in the spirit. Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Probably London's most famous stretch of road, Oxford Street's Christmas decorations light the way to popular shops such as H&M and Top Shop as well as heavy weight department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis. The inspiration for this year's theme is the humble yet intrinsically complex snowflake.
Regent Street crosses Oxford Street at the ever bustling Oxford Circus and takes over the show this its own set of festive lights with a display based around the currently released family movie;Mr Peabody and Sherman.
If Oxford and Regent are two of London's biggest shopping streets, then adjacent Carnaby is one of its most chic. Perpendicular to Oxford Street and parallel to Regent Street, this tiny lane with the big name shops hosts an annual Christmas lights display to rival the larger neighbouring thoroughfares. This year's theme is “The Year of the Robin” featuring;hundreds of oversized 3D robins. Sounds like a good one to tweet about!
Every year since 2014, the people of Norway have given a Christmas tree to the people of London as a show of gratitude for Britain's support of Norway during World War II. This year's no different and there's a monster of a tree at this epicentre of London life. Surrounded by lovely lighting and decorations with live carolling performed most lights during the festive season, Trafalgar Square is even more of a must-see destination than usual.
There's a fun fairytale story behind the 2013 “Once upon a Christmas” lights display at historic Covent Garden:
In a magical land far, far away lived a Prince. After desperately searching he finally found his princess: a beautiful girl whom he saved from her awful step-mother and step-sisters with the promise of his hand in marriage… but now it’s all gone horribly wrong and Christmas is in danger of being cancelled!
Christmas cancelled!?! Surely everything will work out in the nick of time, won't it?
Photo credit: Bex.Walton