London During Christmas: Top Things To Do (London Christmas Lights)

January 24, 2020

Celebrate the most magical time of the year in the Christmas city of London. When Bing Crosby sang, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, I think he was singing about London as the capital sparkles with magnificent Christmas lights over the festive season. We are going to show you the best places lit up by those magical lights to get you in the mood for the holidays, all coming up in this episode. Welcome to Budget Smart Travel Tips. We’re your hosts. I’m Stephanie Masoner And I’m Randy Masoner. We are here to be your personal travel guides so you don’t miss out on the best things to do in London for Christmas. Please subscribe to our channel, because every Click, Link, Like and Subscription helps us out. And use that bell icon to get notifications, so you don’t miss out on any budget smart travel tips. We have a free pdf takeaway to download with more information, maps and directions for this episode in the link below, so you don’t have to take notes. Also, if you are sightseeing around London, to maximize your time and money check out our all-in-one sightseeing package of London’s 80 most popular attractions. Now on with the Holiday Cheer! Starting London’s Parade of Lights, Number 1 is Oxford Street Christmas Lights that run from Marble Arch down to Oxford Circus. You’ll be in awe by some of the most spectacular Christmas lights in London and their amazing holiday window displays along the mile-long shopping district of Oxford Street, which includes that iconic department store, and one of my favorites Selfidges. Second is Bond Street Christmas lights, which crosses paths half way down Oxford Street. It is One of London’s most luxurious shopping areas and is not to be missed. Draped with garlanded and spectacular Christmas lights, it is all a glow in grand decorations and window displays, which is dressed in their Christmas finest. Third, experience the magic of Christmas as the beautiful Regent Street Christmas lights set the West End alight with its seasonal sparkle. In the past, Regent Street has displayed more than 300,000 lights and magnificent decorations, glittering above the entire length of Regent Street. Strolling and admiring the parade of Christmas lights, there are lots of vendors to enjoy some roasted chestnuts and plenty of places to hunt for that special Christmas gift, including the famous Hamleys Toy Store. Fourth and adjacent to Regent Street, one of the top areas to check out for your dose of Christmas lights is the Carnaby Christmas lights with their fun carnival theme. Not only do they have their avant-garde light installations, they have 14 areas of glowing streets to explore, lined with wonderful restaurants and fun boutiques for unique gift shopping. Fifth, make your way to Piccadilly Circus to see the Christmas light display and decorations lining this iconic area of London. This is a hub of activity with street performers and carolers around the Eros fountain, all lit up by the giant digital billboards above the stores with seasonal greetings. Strolling from Piccadilly Circus to the historic Leicester Square along Coventry Street will make you feel as if you’re in a Charles Dickens Christmas novel as you enjoy store front lights and seasonal decor. Leicester Square is sixth on the parade of lights and is all a glow with its hustle and bustle of seasonal Christmas markets, Santa’s Groto, movie theaters, restaurants and pubs. Seventh, amble around the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, which are transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period with displays of reindeer, Christmas trees, red bows and the twinkling Christmas lights illuminating the 19th-century piazza. Soak up the holiday atmosphere with a warming mug of mulled wine while you shop the market area. You are in the heart of the West End, so this is always a good place to listen to the street performers sing. Our eighth stop is a little jaunt over Waterloo Bridge to the South Bank Christmas lights. The Queen’s Walk area is beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights. Experience the Southbank Centre transformed into a Nordic-themed wonderland, and you can browse the wooden chalets for Christmas trinkets and seasonal treats or view the city twinkling from above on the nearby Coca-Cola London Eye. Number nine Watch the skyline light up as the Shard puts on its annual Christmas light show, which decorates the skies above the capital with sparkling seasonal patterns for Christmas in London. And ending with number ten at the Skating Rink at the Tower of London, as the palace is adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. You can also look back over the River Thames to see the lights of Shard and Southbank sparkle in the night sky. Obviously, you can break it up if you want to stretch it out over the holiday season. London’s Parade of Christmas Lights is only 5 ½ miles if you want to do it all in one go. Either way, we hope your season is full of Christmas cheer under the twinkling lights of London’s decorations. We hope this episode gave you some good ideas for Christmas. Since it is the season to go shopping, also explore the top 7 Christmas Markets plus more fun festive things to do with our video series of Christmas in London. Please give us a thumbs up, subscribe and hit that button now, so you don’t miss out on any budget smart travel tips. Also, Download your free pdf takeaway to help you get around London for the holidays. And last, Where is your favorite place to spend the holidays? Comment below because we’d love to know. Thank you so much for watching and supporting our channel. Have lots of fun on the parade of Christmas Lights in London and remember. Don’t just be smart, be Budget Smart. Merry Christmas everyone. This is really big on me Randy. I am like drowning on Christmas

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