London is a lovely city to be in, especially during the Christmas Season. The festive season is a time when all of the major shopping outlets and stores put up the finest window displays and light up their shops and stores brilliantly. For tourists to London this is in itself a spectacle that must not be missed.
If you are planning to be in London this Christmas and need to book a suitable hotel, a good choice would be the Grand Royale London Hotel that is situated at a central location and will offer you easy access to all parts of the city.
Another benefit of staying at the Grand Royale London Hotel is that you could look for their latest promotional deals and festive season discounts, which will help you to save considerably on hotel expenses. Once you have settled into your room and are ready to tour the city when dusk arrives some of the prominent places where you could see some of the best Christmas lighting decorations are as follows:
The venue is well known for its lighting extravaganzas and is without a doubt one of the most magical parts of the city to be in during Christmas. The entire area is decorated with millions of sparkling lights form the 4th of November onwards and a special addition this year is the giant 22-feet tall silver reindeer. You will have the London Youth Choir give a free, open-air performance which would includea modernized version of traditional Christmas carols. For those who have a sweet tooth Crosstown Doughnuts will give away customized Covent Garden doughnuts stuffed with raspberry jam in the evening.
This year X Factor judge Cheryl Cole officially turned on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights on 6th November, which lit up the city’s most famous shopping street in spectacular fashion. With some great musical performances from boyband Rixton and Jess Glynne, it was a groovy start to the celebrations. You will also see the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory put in performances on stage at the John Lewis Oxford Street. This year also an aspiring artists who was selected from the Talent Starts Here campaign, gets an opportunity to perform.
Duke of York Square
This classic pedestrianised area that lies just off Sloane Square, got into the Christmas spirit with a daylong of free activities when the first time its Christmas Lights went up this year on Saturday the 8th of November. The free events begin daily at 3pm with loads of activities for the familyand you will even see real-life reindeer besides getting a chance to meet the elves who help Santa’. Then there are wonderfully traditional Victorian carts that serve amazing stuff like toffee apples, roasted chestnuts, candy floss and popcorn. The kids will enjoy the face painting that take place for visitors of all ages, while you could munch on minced pies and sip on mulled wine. To get you into the festive spirit there is even a carol choir troupe to sing festive favourites.
This area is very well known for its unique festive decorations and was lit up on Thursday the 13th of November 2014. It began with a shopping party that was launched in which over a hundred restaurants, bars and fashion brands offered a 20 per cent discount to those with tickets.The good news is that tickets are free of cost but you must register. The place is synonymous with fun and its quirky decorations with oversized robins being suspended in mid-air last year. Visit the place and see what they have on those famous arches this year? You could groove away with their star DJ lineup that includes DJ Becky Tong, Leah Weller and Jodie Harsh and with a lot more others spinning away.
Kingstown Town Centre
One area that is well known to always put on a good show is Kingston Town Centre and as usual they lived up to tradition and did not disappoint when switching on the Christmas Lights. All the visitors to the opening night were treated to some great entertainment with live performers and traditional Christmas carols from local choirs, it is a terrific place to revel in the Christmas spirit and definitely must form a part of your travel itinerary.
Regent Street Christmas Lights
The lighting display at Regent Street is always known to be out of the most breathtaking in the city and come along with a fabulous fireworks display and equally spectacular Christmas show, when the lights are switched on. This year they were switched on 16th November by Take That and was a resounding success with thousands attending despite the wet weather. The entire area looks like a place straight out of a fairy tale with the street having a vibrant atmosphere and the lights beautifully set off the background of this famous shopping street. Make it a point to drop in!
Trafalgar Square is known to receive a Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift since 1947. The reason is that it is offered as a gift from the citizens of Oslo, who thank Britain for its friendship and support during the Second World War.This in itself is a popular tourist attraction with celebrations scheduled to begin from (4th-23rd Dec) with carol singing to raise money for a variety of charitable organisations. You can even join in the festive cheer and enjoy the stunning decorations and overall atmosphere.