London All Dolled Up

One of the best things about England is how cheery everything is at Christmas. Almost every city, town, village, and hamlet gets into the season with Christmas lights along the main street. As you might imagine, London is exceptional when it comes to decorating the streets and imbuing them with a sense of coziness and festive cheer. Here are the lights on Shaftesbury Avenue near Covent Garden and the enormous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

There are Christmas-y scenes across London but by far my favorite is Oxford Street and Regent Street. Every year, I try to make it out to see what they’ve done there. In the past, there have been Christmas lights strung above the streets in the shapes of stars and a 12 days of Christmas theme that extended all the way down Regent Street.

To get my fix this year, Peter and I headed out on the top floor of a double decker bus on Friday night. The bus dropped us off right at the intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street so we got to see both!

Oxford Street has a snowball/snowflake look to it this year with hundreds of different sized globes of Christmas lights suspended over the street – so pretty!

On Regent Street, the lights are even more spectacular with garlands spanning the width of the street that extend all the way down to Piccadilly Circus. The only slight disappointment this year was that the ovals inside the lights were promoting a Ben Stiller movie. How annoying to have that instead of something more festive. Regardless, I still love the look!

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Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas!!

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One thought on “London All Dolled Up

  1. Some more info on the Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square

    “The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been an annual gift to the people of Britain by the city of Oslo each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War.

    The tree has provided a central focus for the Trafalgar Square traditional carol-singing programme, performed by different groups raising money for voluntary or charitable organisations.

    The tree remains until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas, when it is taken down for recycling. The tree is chipped and composted, to make mulch.”

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