Posted by Hannah Richardson on December 4th, 2013
Bring On The Bling: London’s Dazzling Christmas Decorations
Let’s be honest, there’s often some rather naff Christmas decorations half-heartedly strung up across the country at this time of year. Whether it’s seizure-inducing lights that refuse to stay one colour and leave bright spots in your vision, or tinsel that droops sadly across doorways, the UK certainly has its fair share of rubbish festive decorations. Don’t worry though, just heed our advice and visit these wonderfully wintry attractions for instant Christmas cheer. Here’s a list of where to see the most inspiring and joyful festive decor in London this December!
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
5 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
For over 60 years, Trafalgar Square has been gifted a large Christmas tree from Norway as a token of gratitude for Britain’s assistance during WWI! Each winter, the tree is lit in a traditional ceremony that has become a popular fixture on London’s Christmas calendar. Head on down to Trafalgar Square with other fans of the festive season on 5th December to see the switch on, or visit from the 9-22 December to see carol singers croon a number of seasonal songs under the twinkling tree. Free.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
28 November 2013 – 4 January 2014
The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens have been given a magical makeover for the Christmas season. Light, sound and colour has been introduced to the Gardens to give visitors an enchanting night-time view of Kew’s tree collections. Kew Gardens also has a Christmas village that is free to enter, featuring festive grub, shopping and live Christmas carols. Adults £12.50, Children £8.00.
Eros Snow Globe in Piccadilly Circus
18 November 2013 – Early January 2014
The winged statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus is looking a little different this December. The boy with a bow is currently surrounded by his own personal winter wonderland – the statue is covered by a giant snow globe! As wonderfully Christmassy as this looks, the plastic bubble is actually to protect the 19th century structure from mischief makers over the yuletide season. However, it’s a beautiful way to shield Eros, and there are also internal fans blowing ‘snowflakes’ around the globe. Free.
London’s Shopping Streets
Until 5 January 2014
The popular shopping streets of London definitely like to put on a show at Christmas time! Oxford Street brings a massive amount of razzle dazzle to the table with its hugely popular Christmas Lights Switch On, but there are other locations nipping closely at its heels. Carnaby Street, Regent’s Street, Covent Garden and Bond Street are also dressed up to the nines until the New Year. Trendy Carnaby Street is embracing the Year of the Robin with hundreds of illuminated robins dotted above the street, and Covent Garden is home to a 30ft topiary reindeer! Free (if you resist the shops!)
FLUMENS: Illuminating the Wind at Canary Wharf
16 December 2013 – 25 January 2014
If traditional Christmas decorations are not your cup of tea, then put a date in your diary to see fLUMENS: Illuminating the Wind at Canary Wharf. Created by Dutch artist Rombout Frieling, fLUMENS is a sparkling light show featuring small LED lights powered by the wind. These lights will resemble a sail and float in Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock – the lights will change according to wind direction, speed and even human interaction. Free.
Check out the decorations and lights in London this Christmas if you’re travelling through the city, doing a spot of shopping or simply doing some sightseeing. If you need some more festive ideas, you might be interested in Hyde Park’s fabulous Winter Wonderland or the capital’s super cool ice rinks.
Images sourced from Flickr users: Mike T, Bex Walton, Adrian Clark & Fimb. fLUMENS image courtesy of openlight.nl