London is a city famous for many reasons: History, theatres, royals, historical buildings like the Tower of London, very British people, shopping on Oxford Street and rain all year round. But the one thing why London should be on every travellers bucket list is for sure the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!
Besides New York, Paris, Vienna and Munich, London has a huge variety of activities to do during the month of December and for sure one of the most beautiful Christmas lights decorations in the world.
This post will show you the many different places to see the Christmas lights in London, where to get the coolest photos, the must visit Christmas markets in the city to buy your own unique London souvenir and where to get the best hot mulled wine!
So here are the top places to see the famous London Christmas lights and markets you should visit!
From the Piccadilly Circus through the city centre of London stretches Regent Street, a beautiful shopping mile with historical buildings to both sites. And above the street a line of glorious angels watching the people on the street. The lights of the angels on Regent Street are by far one of the most beautiful Christmas lights in the city and lead every year thousands of tourists to London. Everyone comes here to take the perfect picture with the angels, in the middle of the street, between the red double decker buses and London taxis on Regent Street.
As busy as Oxford Street already is during the day the more busy it gets after sunset when thousands of Christmas lights light up the most popular shopping mile in England.
You definitely don´t wanna miss that experience when in London while doing your Christmas shopping.
In case of rain, which might can happen in London, take the Underground to London´s most famous department store – Harrods!
With thousands of lights the building looks like a Christmas castle all year round. Even if you don´t wanna spend a fortune you should definitely take a tour inside, see the most delicious food at the food market or look for your favourite designer brands – regardless of whether you can afford it or not. Harrods is definitely worth a visit when in London.
Head to Covent Garden for a more relaxed atmosphere and to see the huge Christmas tree in a barrel. Go inside the famous Apple Market to see more Christmas decorations and cute little things to buy as souvenirs.
Similar to the streets outside, London´s arcades put up their best decorations during the best time of the year. You can do relaxed shopping and admire the cute decorated windows in Burlington Arcade, not far from Piccadilly circus and Regent Street.
Carnaby Street in Soho is a very hip neighbourhood in London and a strong contrast to the rest of the city. Their Christmas decoration changes every year and is always related to a specific topic. Last year it was standing for the hype of Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen and this year is dedicated to the climate change and the huge problem of plastic in the oceans.
New Bond Street
Another great place to watch Christmas lights is New Bond Street, Mayfair, between Regent Street and Oxford Street. Silver shimmering peacock feathers light up the street on both sides.
For the absolute unique Christmas experience and an evening full of fun and mulled wine you should not miss London´s Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, with roller coasters, great food and hot mulled wine everywhere you go! Although there is mulled wine everywhere in London I can say I had the best at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It was so delicious and good for the cold temperatures!
Go to a typical European Christmas market to get a beautiful London souvenir! The market at Leicester Square might not be very big, but with a beautiful and charming atmosphere were you can easy forget that you are in the middle of the city.
South Bank Christmas Market
Another popular Christmas market is the south bank market next to the London Eye and opposite of Big Ben. Because of the tourist attractions the market can get very busy but is definitely worth a visit with its many beautiful decorated booths and Christmas creations.
You can even have a relaxed dinner in one of the many glas igloos with view over the Thames river alongside south bank.
Christmas by the river, London Bridge and Hay´s Galleria
If you plan to visit The Shard, London Bridge or Tower Bridge make a stop at the Christmas market by the river and at the Hays Gallery with a huge sparkling Christmas tree. Many booths are standing along the river walkway with delicious food and many gift ideas for you and your loved ones. The view over the Thames river, the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London make this Christmas shopping experience even more special.
A trip to London during the Christmas season is a unique experience you will never forget!
Good to know – A magical visit to the Harry Potter Studios
Another truly magical highlight in London is a visit to the Harry Potter Studios, not far away from the City. You can see all the sets from the eight movies, the original costumes, familiar requisites and so much more! You can even fly on a broom and be a Quidditch champion! How cool is that! To find out more about the studio tour, what to expect as well as many useful information check out the post Hogwarts in the snow – A visit to the Harry Potter Studios in London!
Let me know in the comments if London is on your bucket list this Christmas season and which other places you can recommend to spend the holidays!