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London takes on a very magical appearance at Christmas time. As twilight falls, the streets come alive with a host of twinkling lights, both traditional and contemporary. Exploring the different displays makes for a fantastic evening experience. For richer experience, try booking any of the hotels in Central London to avoid spending fare on travelling.
Massive angels wings outstretch fly overhead when walking down Regent Street while Oxford Street has over 1778 giant snowballs accompanied by purple baubles lit by 750,000 LED lights. Bond Street is always marked by elegant, sophisticated motifs reflecting its designer retail connections.
The lyrics to Queen’s iconic Bohemian Rhapsody reign supreme in Carnaby Street, reflecting its musical and vintage heritage. It’s colourful, attention grabbing and lively as befits this fashionistas shopping paradise.
Not far away, Covent Garden’s beautiful cobbled Piazza and old market buildings become a magical palace. Each year, something special happens such as giant reindeer pointing the way for Santa, or the appearance of over 40 mistletoe chandeliers hinting back to the area’s flower market heritage.
Book a stay at Park City Grand Plaza Hotel London and head for the Thames to see The Shard’s superb skyline light show. Stand anywhere along the Embankment or South Bank and look towards Tower Bridge to watch the interplay of colours, patterns and sparkling lights. It builds up to a crescendo of light at midnight – so you could be there for quite a while if you want to watch the entire show!
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Among the other city centre locations with stunning Christmas lights are the Strand, Marylebone High Street, Seven Dials and Sloane Square.
Take a trip out of town to Kew Gardens for one of the most stunning Christmas spectacles. A mile long trail through the incredible gardens incorporates thousands of laser beams, tree canopies flooded with colour and millions of twinkling lights. Look out for the moonlit Laser Garden tucked away in the woods, and the flotilla of glowing boats on the lake. Well known Christmas classics provide the music for dancing lights within the fire garden and Palm House Pond lights. There is festive shopping and seasonal food including hot mulled wine to counter those cold, winter nights.
Not to be forgotten is one of the most iconic of all Christmas scenes in London – Trafalagar Square. Every year since the ending of World War II, Norway has donated a giant tree which stands proudly in the centre of Trafalgar Square decorated with hundreds of twinkling white lights.