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London Christmas Lights Mapped (interactive)

Wondering where to see the best Christmas lights in London this year? Click the map to zoom into London and start exploring!

We’ve included dozens of Christmas light displays, with everything from the famous Carnaby Street lights to dazzling residential installations and interactive events, like Christmas at Kew. Whether you’re after a wintery walk with the family to see the most Instagram-worthy lights in your area or an extravagant light display in the heart of London, you’ll find something spectacular on our map to get you feeling festive.

Are you going big on Christmas lights this year?

Our goal is to compile a comprehensive list of London Christmas lights. If you’re going big this year and would like your street, house or charity event location to appear on our map, get in touch at streetwise@dng.co.uk, and we’ll add you to the map!

What we need to know

  • Your street name and borough
  • Whether your lights are residential or commercial
  • Event name (if any)
  • Paid or free

How many Brits decorate their homes for Christmas?

 Around 81% of Brits decorated their homes for Christmas in 2019. This rose to 86% in 2020 as more people looked to bring more cheer to their local community and neighbours.

This year, we could see the number of people decorating their homes rise even further, with 6 in 10 Brits planning on staying home this December and more homes being transformed into a winter wonderland for friends and family.

When to turn on the lights

Around 77% of people admit they love Christmas light displays, but not everyone can agree on the ideal date to light up the neighbourhood. Last year, Londoners were keen to get into the spirit early, with 2 in 5 people turning their lights on as early as November.

The capital started early again this year, with some displays on since the first week of November. Carnaby Christmas lights lit up the street on 4th November, with Covent Garden following on the 9th.

Belgravia illuminated on 10th November, and Regent started on the 13th. We can expect most displays to shine on until the first or second week in January, giving us plenty of time to experience the best Christmas lights in London.

Don’t forget to let us know if you’re lighting up your London home!