Christmas winter lights in London
Last night was the official switch on Regent Street, London. Thousands attended to witness live entertainment and the ever so spectacular lights turned on by Calum Scott, Dream Girls and Councillors of Westminster.
Radio Heart presenters hosted the night welcoming the councillor for a speech, with the biggest lights displayed across the whole of London’s Regent Street. Then it went on to West End Dream Girls performing a couple of songs, which ended off with a brilliant performance from Calum Scott. After that it was time for the team on stage to hit the button and switch on the stunning lights officially. There were some beautiful firework displays that felt like New Year’s Day all over.
I managed to capture some of the live moments with highlights over on my Instagram page stories.
The Christmas spirit in London was already off to a magical start with Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and Oxford Street. The lights at 7 Dials and Regent Street were the last of many across the streets of London to finally switch on. London has officially started to feel like it’s Christmas!
Last year the singer Rita Ora switched on the whole of Oxford Street. As Rita went along, Matt Terry and the boy band 5 after Midnight performed for those who attended.
Every year at this time of year in November, London becomes all Christmas festive as light as London’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street switches on their winter lights.
Last night on the 7th of November, the roads were blocked for a short period as Oxford Street gathered thousands as they watched live on stage or on screens presented across the streets for #OxStLightsOn for the official switch.
Before the switch, the Capital One presenter presented Matt Terry, winner of the earlier X-Factor on stage, performing his hit single live on stage, alongside the boy band 5 after midnight.
Around 6:15 p.m., Matt Terry, 5 After Midnight and the well-known singer Rita Ora pushed the official button on the stage and switched on the magically looking street lights on Oxford Street.
The streets and shopping malls on London’s Oxford Street now look very Christmas season as hundreds of people stopped in the middle of the roads to capture these magical moments.
I also gathered lots of these stunning LED lights across the lights and shops on my camera. I thought the John Lewis store lights looked incredible as they had really bright lights, which really stood out for me.
This year the theme was displayed in support of the NSPCC, a children’s charity. The whole street display is lit up with 1,778 decorations and about 750,000 bright LED lights. The NSPCC and Sky Cinema partnered up to create ‘Light up Christmas for Children’, a campaign to raise and give children in need of a brighter future.
This year Carnaby Street was lit for the Queen’s Inspired Lights installation in celebration of the Bohemian Rhapsody. The lights were magnificently transformed into Queen’s prominent crest feature on the arch.
On the 9th of November, Carnaby Street lights in London were next to be switched on. There were hundreds of people turned up to see the spectacular tropical display along with the widely known DJ Norman Jay, who switched on the lights on the streets of Carnaby. People also got to witness the parade of carnival dancers, despite freezing temperatures. These lights will stay until January, giving visitors plenty of time to witness both Oxford Street and Carnaby Lights.
This time of year everyone loves the spirit and has always wanted to capture those magical winter moments as the city looks the prettiest during the winter period.
A video clip showed the moment when Rita Ora and Matt pressed the famous button to switch on the lights at London’s Oxford Street.
Finally, on the 16th of November, there were two more areas where lights were switched on for the duration of the Christmas period. Regent Street and Seven Dials had their astonishing display turned on. However, I attended Regent Street and the angel lights display was truly stunning to witness. You must go see for yourself during the night as its spectacular colours.
Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith performed their hit singles live for the hundreds of those attended last night. Once it was over, it was time for the official lights to be switched on after 6 pm. Walking along the road along Regent Street was mesmerising as the street looked really pretty and bright. I managed to capture lots to showcase here on my blog, Instagram.
Hope you all like it as I certainly enjoyed taking them.
Regent Street in London will once again be packed, with adults and children queuing up to see their favourite cartoon characters, as Hamleys Toy Parade takes place this upcoming Sunday, the 19th of November.
There were many other spectacular displays across London such as Fitzrovia, Covent Garden, Harrods and The Shard. As there is only one of me to go around, I couldn’t make it in each place, but hopefully next time I can share other places experience 🙂
What are your favourite seasons of the year? I would probably say mine would be the winter season since it’s my birthday month. There are also plenty of wonderful things to capture and share with you all.