Christmas lights in Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street, London 51.513122 -0.138775
Dates & Time:
Big switch-on: 10th November; Entertainment from 5 PM to 9 PM; Switch-on at 6 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free, but you need to register for a ticket on their website:
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Note: The actual closest train station to Carnaby Street is Oxford Circus
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The Christmas decorations in Carnaby Street are usually a bit different to the ones in Regent Street and Oxford Street, and previous years have seen giant snowmen, over-sized robins, giant headphones and records, and even Mick Jagger's big lips (seriously!). This year they have decided to team up with the V&A museum and promote one of their exhibitions: 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70'.

It promises to be bigger than ever, with the Christmas lights spreading around its twelve connecting streets.

The big switch-on will be on the 10th November at 6 PM, but the celebrations will begin at 5 PM and continue through the evening until 9 PM. Shoppers will be able to enjoy live music, drinks and even a few 20% discounts in some of the shops. You will need to register for a free ticket beforehand, though. Check their website for details:

You might like to read Craig's previous reviews of the Christmas lights in London, to get you in the mood. He's also written about the Christmas shops and markets and Christmas ice rinks.

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If you enjoy Christmas lights in London then you might like these other London events…

Christmas lights in Oxford Street – 6th November 2016 to 6th January 2017The Oxford Street switch-on ceremony is always one of the biggest, and this year they're shutting the street to traffic.

Christmas lights in Bond Street – 10th November 2016 to 6th January 2017Bond Street is one of the poshest shopping streets in in London, and they always have some of the poshest decorations too!

Christmas lights in Regent Street – 17th November 2016 to 6th January 2017Regent Street always has some of the best Christmas lights in London, stretching from Oxford Street to Waterloo Place.

Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square – 1st December 2016 to 6th January 2017Have you ever taken the time to see the switching-on ceremony for the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, with carols?

Winter Ice Rink, at the Natural History Museum – 27th October 2016 to 8th January 2017The Natural History Museum always has one of the best outdoor ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairy lights.

Meet Santa at the Harrods Christmas Grotto – 4th November to 24th December 2016Take you kids to see the toy factory at Harrods, and then meet Santa in his Winter Cabin inside the Christmas Grotto.

Skate around Canary Wharf’s outdoor ice rink – 4th November 2016 to 25th February 2017An outdoor ice rink in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with a perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.

Southbank’s Winter Festival & Christmas market – 11th November 2016 to 22nd January 2017This popular chalet-style Christmas market sells some great gifts and lots of festive food and drink in the pop-up bars.

Broadgate ice rink (near Liverpool Street station) – 14th November 2016 to 2nd February 2017Surrounded by tall offices and shops, the outdoor ice rink at Broadgate is only two minutes from Liverpool Street station.

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