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Come Christmas, London gives Paris a run for its title of the city of lights. Here’s where to go to see the best Christmas lights in London.

1. Regent Street Christmas Lights

The lights on this store-lined street go up on November 9, with the help of radio DJs Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott.  This year they will be Narnia-themed to celebrate the release of the new 3-D film, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Narnia fan or not, the lights are gorgeous and an evening stroll after shopping is a perfect Christmas activity.

Regent Street, SW1Y 4XT
Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Get more info: regentstreetonline.com

2. Marylebone High Street Christmas Lights

Watch Marylebone High Street light up while sipping hot cocoa or mulled cider on November 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. The Cabbages and Frocks Christmas Market will also be in full swing for shopping opportunities.

Marylebone High Street W1
Tube: Bond Street, Baker Street

3. Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The United Visual Artists, who have done shows for U2 and Basement Jaxx, will be decking out Covent Garden with a very unique Christmas light installation. See the first lighting on November 11 when you can also munch on roasted chestnuts and be entertained by street performers.

Covent Garden WC2
Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square
Get more info: coventgardenlife.com

4. Oxford Street Christmas Lights

See the street sparkle when the lights are turned on at 6 pm on November 4 or visit it up until January 5 for a completely Christmas experience. Known as the biggest shopping street in London, the Christmas lights are equally spectacular.

Oxford Street W1
Tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street
Get more info: oxfordstreet.co.uk

5. Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Lighting

The enormous tree donated from Norway is decked out with Christmas lights starting on December 2. Carol singers will also be performing in the square every night from 5 to 9pm, from December 7 to December 22.

Trafalgar Square
Tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square
Get more info: london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare

6. Bond Street Christmas Lights

Bond Street is turned into a winter wonderland, complete with snow, carols, live music, street entertainers and reindeer at the opening night on November 18 from 5 to 8 pm. A special celebrity guest will also appear as the “Christmas Bond Girl”.

Bond Street W1
Tube: Bond Street
Get more info: bondstreetassociation.com

7. Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

Starting November 10, this popular shopping street near Oxford Circus will shine bright with Christmas lights. Last year’s theme was the swinging 60’s and this years is bound to be just as distinctive.

Carnaby Street W1
Tube: Oxford Circus
Get more info: carnaby.co.uk

8. Greenwich Christmas Lights

See the village by the Thames festively lit up and then stop in at the Christmas-themed market. The lights will be up from November 24 to January 5.

Greenwich SE 10
Tube: Greenwich
Get more info: visitgreenwich.org.uk

9. Seven Dials Christmas Lights

Seven Dials shopping area near Covent Garden will not only be spectacularly lit, they are also giving a 20% off coupon for the surrounding shops, restaurants and bars. It takes place on November 25, 2010 from 5 to 9pm.

Seven Dials WC2
Tube
: Covent Garden
Get more info:
sevendials.co.uk

10. Westfield Christmas Lights

Singer Rihanna will do the honours of flipping the Christmas light switch at the Westfield London shopping centre this year. That means you can expects some Hollywood glamour mixed in with British festive cheer.

Westfield London shopping centre W12 7S
Tube: Sheperd’s Bush, Wood Lane
Get more info: uk.westfield.com/london


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