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Christmas Lights in London

2013 Christmas Lights

The following are the dates of the switch-on ceremonies for the Christmas Lights in London in 2013. The lights are lit after dark each day until 5th January (Twelfth Night).

- Covent Garden: Wed 6 November 2013
Christmas lights are switchwed on at 6pm.

- Regent Street: Sat 9 November 2013
Today is a traffic-free day on Regent Street. The lights will be switched on in the early evening by actor Ty Burrell (the voice of Mr Peabody in the new DreamWorks animated film "Mr Peabody and Sherman") and Hollywood film director Tim Minkoff (Disney's "The Lion King"). There are also live performances from Melanie C and Emma Bunton (two of the Spice Girls), Gabrielle, KMS (the original Sugababes), Leona Lewis, Passenger and Eliza Doolittle, introduced by Heart 106.2 presenters Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston. Entertainment is from 5pm until 6:30pm.
See: Ideas/Album/RegentStreetLights

Regent Street lights (2012)

- Oxford Street: Tue 12 November 2013
The Oxford Street lights will be switched on outside Selfridges by singer/songwriter Jessie J. Also performing are Conor Maynard and James Arthur. The event starts at 5:00pm (the lights are switched on at 6:15pm) and is hosted by Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry. The space nearest the stage will be reserved for ticketholders - details of how to win tickets are shown on the Capital FM website: , or register directly at
See: Ideas/Album/OxfordStreetLights

Oxford Street lights (2012)

- Marylebone Christmas Lights: Wed 14 November 2012
Christmas lights are switched on at Marylebone High Street (nearest Tube: Regents Park or Great Portland Street). The event is from 3:30-6:30pm.
For details, see:

- Westfield Stratford City: Sat 16 November 2013
The Christmas lights will be switched on at Westfield Stratford City's ground floor Chestnut Plaza (Great Eastern Rd, E20; map ; nearest Tube: Stratford or Stratford International).
See: or

- Carnaby Street: Wed 14 November 2013
The Carnaby Christmas lights and decorations are being switched on at 6pm. Hundreds of 3D robins will be suspended above the 13 streets of Carnaby.
See: Ideas/Album/RegentStreetLights

- South Molton Street (off Oxford Street): Wed 14 November 2013
Music from 4pm.

- Bond Street: Thu 22 November 2013
There will be a jazz band, string quartet, Christmas Choir, ice sculptures and street performers in Bond Street from 6-9pm.
Although in-store special events will be by invitation only, other visitors can enjoy late-night shopping in many of the non-participating stores.
See: Ideas/Album/BondStreetLights

- Trafalgar Square: Thu 5 December 2013
The lights of the Norwegian Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square will be turned on, attended by officials and choirs from Oslo and Westminster and a Salvation Army band. Carols will be sung from 6pm, followed by the lighting of the tree at 6:30pm.
See: Ideas/Album/NorwegianTree

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For photos of the Christmas lights switch-on ceremonies in London in previous years, see the following links:

Christmas Lights in 2010: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2010
Christmas Lights in 2009: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2009
Christmas Lights in 2008: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2008
Christmas Lights in 2007: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2007
Christmas Lights in 2006: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2006
Christmas Lights in 2005: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2005
Christmas Lights in 2004: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2004
Christmas Lights in 2003: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2003
Christmas Lights in 2002: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2002

British Christmas traditions: Ideas/Album/Christmas
Lincoln Christmas Market: Travel/Tours/England/Lincoln
Ideas for Christmas presents: Ideas/Gifts/Christmas
Making a Christmas cake: Britain/Food/Cooking/ChristmasCake
Ice skating: Life/Sport/Winter
Twelfth Night: Ideas/Album/TwelfthNight

Events in the UK in November: Ideas/Events/November
Events in the UK in December: Ideas/Events/December

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