Monday, December 24, 2018

Twinkle in the Sky - Christmas in London

All you need to do these days, to rise above from the grey, gloomy weather, is to look up and see the twinkle in the sky! Have you had the chance to see the Christmas lights in the city?

Last year, I was lucky enough to be in Seven Dials at the live switch-on moment and what a special experience it was. There was a mega choir that made everyone on the streets sing along to Christmas tunes, free wreath making, mulled wine and hot chocolate, pop up shops and blitz and joy at every corner.

This year, though I missed out on making it to any lights switch on events, I made my way to some popular spots to ring in the festivities! If you are in London this time of the year, here's my mini-guide to see the best of Christmas lights in the city.

Christmas is Calling Sign at Oxford Street

This sets the tone! Christmas is Calling, at London!

Angels at Regent Street

The Angels are back! These are perhaps my favourite lights, simple and elegant! Did you know Regent Street started off this whole Christmas lights tradition back in 1954? Wow!

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody at Carnaby

Carnaby street have outdone themselves! I can't decide if the colourful paper parrots in the tropical set up last year were the winners, or this year's neon lyrical extravaganza. I am going for a wander about tomorrow to get that perfect capture!

Mistletoe Chandeliers and Sparkly Reindeer at Covent Garden

The Christmas decoration remain the same as last year, but the charm and marvel is unparalleled.

Colourful Shard Lights

This year the Shard has put on a spectacular 30-minute show displayed every half an hour from 4pm to 1am each evening, to 'reflect' the change in colours of the sky from sunset to twilight!

Molton Street

Not sure how I missed this street last year. But these bright blue arches certainly beckons one into a heavenly world!

Southbank Winter Lights

Southbank is one of my favourite places in London, to just be. This Thames-side venue turns even more spectacular come Winter. The Winter markets here give me all the feels, twinkling wooden cabins streaming with people and steaming with mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Carnival Lights at Winter Wonderland

One can't not go to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, the annual German Christmas market and carnival in London! Right?

Traditional Norwegian Lighted Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square

In a token of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II, every year the city of Oslo gifts the people of London a Christmas tree. Standing tall at 25-metre high, the tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of lights. What marvelous history, isn't it?

Grand Shop Displays at Fortnum & Mason, Claridges, Annabel's Mayfair

Annabel's Mayfair was one of the favorites this year with Instagrammers! And why not, just look at the decoration!

Beautifully Decorated Ice Rinks at the Natural History Museum and Somerset House

I've not been ice skating yet, but the rinks are open for a few more weeks. I just might!

I can't imagine Christmas without these twinkling lights in the sky, the glowing trees and the wonderful decorations and displays. How about you, what's your favourite thing about this season?

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!


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  1. Christmas in London is truly beautiful. All the streets are so lighted and nicely decorated. I wish to visit the place during this time.

  2. Omg the lights and decorations look fabulous 😍😍 how fortunate to witness this in real. I can totally imagine the wonder the excitement.

  3. Such beautiful decorations! I loved the Angels lights the most. Elegant, simple and truly exquisite! What a feast for the eyes! :)

  4. Wow, it looks beautiful Aditi! I can only imagine what it looks like IRL. As much as I'm not a Christmassy person, I do love the lights and atmosphere on the streets

  5. The decorations are so fab... They all look so lit. Tried voting on the link provided, but it says closed.

  6. Wow wow and wow!!

    What gorgeous display - I loved the fairy light angels- they took my breath away.

    Wish you a very happy 2019 Aditi!!! xoxo

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