It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Streets are filled with joyful songs and gorgeous light displays. One of the most magical places during the holiday season is London. The United Kingdom capital goes all out for Christmas, offering many different activities such as Christmas markets, ice rinks, and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. The extravagant light displays around town make the city come alive and the amount of effort put into these installations amazes me. As a photographer, I can’t help but capture them. Below are some of my favorite Christmas decorations from central London.
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Annabel’s, one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, decorated the front of the Mayfair townhouse with a 42ft tree. This year’s tree is white while last year it was decorated with the classic green and red. Impressive!
New Bond Street has some of the most luxurious stores, and some of these brands go all out for Christmas. Just check Cartier, it has been transformed into a giant Christmas present!
Head to the world-famous Harrods department store for some Christmas shopping too! The exterior light decorations are year-round, but they become a popular attraction in December, as they create the perfect atmosphere for the holidays.
The sparkling angel sculptures on Reagent Street are a must-see! They will fully immerse you in the Christmas spirit if you aren’t already. Fun fact: Reagent street was the first central London location to be decorated with Christmas lights, back in 1954.
Oxford Street recently replaced their light displays with curtains made up of energy-efficient LED. How cool is that?
Liberty London is another store that offers beautiful holiday displays. This year’s Christmas tree is a spectacular floating bonsai tree!
Convent Garden’s tree is one of the most iconic trees in London. It’s a 55-foot pine tree decorated with 30,000 lights.
The Christmas tree inside the picturesque Leadenhall Market is another hidden gem. If you are a Harry Potter fan you may recognize the market as one the filming locations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Cartier is not the only building wrapped up like a Christmas present. Walk around Tottenham Court Road and find some lovely “gifts”.
Leicester Square, which is considered to be the heart of London, gets transformed into a Christmas Market during the month of November to January. It’s one of London’s top markets both in terms of goods and shimmering lights.
Every year, St. Pancras International railway station partners with a brand for their Christmas tree. This year Lancôme created a 36-foot Eiffel Tower made up of 1500 perfume bottles.
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New Bond Street displays have diamond-shaped sculptures – fitting for a place that was named Europe’s most expensive street.
Last year, the vibrant Soho neighborhood found a fun way to play with their name while paying homage to Santa Claus.
Carnaby Street embraced sustainability too. This year’s theme is ocean conservation and it’s a collaboration with the movement Project Zero. All the decorations are made with recycled plastic.
Leicester Square, which is considered to be the heart of London, gets transformed into a Christmas Market from November all the way through January. It’s one of London’s top markets both in terms of goods and shimmering lights.
The Shard is London’s tallest building. For Christmas, the top 20 floors glow with festive colors that can be seen and enjoyed throughout the city.
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