Top 3 High Street Christmas Lights To See
Published 26 November 2011
You know the Christmas season is in full swing when the Christmas lights come on in London! This year, Oxford Street & Regent Street were one of the first shopping areas to switch on their lights back in early November. We bring you the three best Christmas light displays this winter that you should visit in London:
1) Covent Garden
Not just Christmas lights on display, but a full nativity scene too! Taking the form of a digital painting that shifts scenes throughout the day, the nativity at Covent Garden features the traditional biblical characters of Mary, the baby Jesus, Joseph, the Magi and other onlookers to the stable scene. Visitors to the piazza can see the scene shift and evolve throughout the day, with characters entering and leaving the picture and new elements such as rain, snow and stars introduced.
The lighting installation this year is by renowned British creative collective UnitedVisualArtists, Covent Garden will showcase the unique, sculptural light installation featuring four large scale interactive ‘chandeliers’ within Market Building. The installation will incorporate a modular lighting array created from hundreds of energy efficient, full colour LED tubes, delicately suspended in the spaces of the North and South Halls and the Central Avenue.
There’s also going to be events such as Reindeer petting for the kids (4th, 11th, and 18th December) as well as regular Christmas carols.
2) Carnaby Street
This year, the Carnaby Christmas lights feature holographic green holly leaves and red berry garlands sandwiched between giant mistletoe chandeliers. Each chandelier contains 22 colour changing berries that are coordinated to music, with the Ronettes song I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa providing more in the way of festive cheer.
Walk into a Christmas Wonderland in Kingly Court with thousands of sparkling lights over the 3 floors. With its temporary roof and outdoor heaters, the courtyard is the perfect place for coffee or dinner during the winter months. Over in the Newburgh Quarter, traditional, twinkling Christmas trees adorn streets.
3) Regent Street
As always, the Regent Street Christmas lights are probably some of the biggest in London, although for the past few years its been a bit stale with the same illuminated netting strung across the street. Its also rather commercial, featuring movie characters. This year, the Christmas lights have figures from the upcoming movie “Arthur Christmas”.
Regent Street had a big Christmas light switch on earlier this month, when it was switched on by acting legend Bill Nighy, Ugly Betty starlet Ashley Jensen, American songstress Kelly Clarkson, X-Factor’s Matt Cardle and spice girl Emma Bunton.
The Regent Street lights have brightened up Christmas shoppers’ spirits for more than 60 years since they were first turned on in 1949.
Have you seen any interesting or unique Christmas lights in London this year? Let us know any of your favourite spots in the comments section below!