Exploring the streets and areas of London is pure, undiluted magic at Christmas time. Everywhere you look there are twinkling lights, stunning displays and eye-catching designs.
Trafalgar Square is very much the centre of London’s Christmas celebrations. Since 1947, the city of Oslo has sent a gigantic Christmas tree to the people of London, in remembrance of the support given to Norway during the World War II. Decorated with long strings of white, twinkling lights with a star shining proudly at the top, the twenty metre tall tree is the venue for numerous groups singing Christmas carols to raise funds for charitable causes.
Follow the lights along the Strand to Covent Garden where the Victorian buildings are always beautifully illuminated, in designs which reflect their flower market heritage.
Only a few minutes walk beyond Covent Garden tube station leads to Seven Dials, which has become one of the premier shopping destinations in the West End. Christmas trees and twinkling lights are very much in evidence, creating a cheery, friendly atmosphere. It’s well worth the trip to this beautiful place during your stay at any of the hotels near Wembley Arena.
By far the biggest display of Christmas lights can be found along Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Piccadilly. There is several miles of walking to be done when you are exploring all these fantastic light displays, but it is well worth it. All these streets are renowned for creating spectacular eye-catching displays. Giant angels fly, wings outstretched, across Regent Street and giant snowballs appear to fall continuously throughout the length of Oxford Street.
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Expect elegant, sophisticated designs adorning Bond Street while Carnaby Street is more brash, bright and breezy. Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics can be found suspended in neon lights reflecting the area’s musical heritage.
Fancy a trip out of town? Pre-booking is essential for Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland in Brentford. Tickets sell out quickly, as this is a very popular destination. This is a glittering, eye-catching, attention grabbing event, with surprises to be found around every corner of the woodland. Take time to play with the interactive lights along the way and admire the stunning installations which have included twirling flowers, fans of light, snowflakes, arches and fairyland scenes.
Alternatively head for Kew Gardens. No booking is necessary to explore the long trail through thousands of laser beams, twinkling lights, past a flotilla of glowing boats on the lake and through tree canopies flooded with light. Pause for a while in the moonlit Woodland Laser garden, or to watch the lights dancing to traditional Christmas carols around the Fire garden and the Palm House Pond. Complete your visit by booking any of the budget hotels in North London with some seasonal food and drink, and festive shopping in the Christmas market.