Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Lights in London
One of our favorite family traditions involves a trip to New York City around the holidays. We admire the big tree in Rockefeller Center, watch the skaters beneath the tree and walk by all the spectacular, animated window displays. We’ll have Christmas in London this year and enjoy all a London Christmas offers, beginning with Christmas lights. Nothing sets the mood for the holidays like walking past millions of twinkling lights. The Mister and I began our tour of lights on Regent Street (above) which boasts a Twelve Days of Christmas theme. The first display has a partridge in a pear tree, the second….well, you know how it goes. Beautiful.
Our next stop was Carnaby Street for a Rock n’ Roll and Rolling Stones Christmas….
and past the Christmas trees encircling Liberty department store.
We braved the Oxford Street crowds, which, around Christmas, can make you lose your will to live. Oxford Street was decorated from end to end with a…variety of themes. The stars were spectacular and my personal favorite.
Nothing says Christmas like two reindeer fighting over a jar of Marmite…
or an elf flying with a grilled cheese sandwich?
Debenhams and John Lewis department stores were literally wrapped in beautiful lights. Selfridges had a more subdued theme with lit garland and beautiful window displays.
We wandered north to Marylebone High Street, which was quite festive with lit ornaments and pretty store windows.
South Moulton Street lined the length of their pedestrian walkway with towering arches of blue, twinkling lights.
The jewelry and boutique stores in Mayfair took a classic approach to decorating. Fitting for the neighborhood, yes? I plan on walking through Covent Garden and St. James sometime soon. I suggest you go find your special someone (children are especially keen) and walk through the streets of London. Check here for a wonderous light display near you…
Question: I haven’t seen one doorway wreath or string of Christmas lights in a window! I’m not looking for anything over-the-top, but no lights? No candles? Do people not decorate their houses?
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