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🎅 London Christmas market and light switch-on dates 🇬🇧

It's finally festive season, step aside pumpkin-spiced lattes, we're ready for red cups to return. Here are all the dates you need to know for London's Christmas markets and light switch-ons.

Published by
Caitlin Moore·07/11/2023

Oxford Street

The famous Oxford Street lights will be illuminated on Thursday 2 November.

Covent Garden

You can see the Christmas lights and festive market at Covent Garden from Tuesday 7 November.

Plus 'Festive Thursdays' in November and December - late night shopping, festive performances, retail discounts and more.

Carnaby Street

One of our favourites! The Carnaby Street lights will be switched on from Wednesday 8 November.

Regent Street and St James's

See the iconic Christmas lights above both Regent Street and St James's from Thursday 9 November.

Leicester Square

Visit the Christmas market at Leicester Square for mulled wine, festive treats and handmade goods from Wednesday 8 November.

London Bridge

Head to London Bridge City for 'Christmas by the River' from 14 November. Take in views of the skyline and Tower Bridge while shopping the Christmas markets.


Venture to Greenwich for their gorgeous Christmas market from Wednesday 15 November.

Hyde Park - Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is back from 17 November. It's basically a must-do if you're in London for the festive period. You'll need to book tickets here.

Borough Market

See Borough Market done up for Christmas from 28 November. You'll find seasonal foods, pretty lights and decorations, plus some live singers.

Need a hotel?

With all these markets and lights to see, it would be rude not to visit London for the festive period.

Sundays are a great time to visit as you can use fewer holidays since it's a weekend, but hotel rates are cheaper. We saw hotel rooms from £53 per night.

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