Christmas In London | Carnaby Street Christmas Lights


After visiting Bond Street Christmas Lights, my next stop was to see the fabulous Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which took me around 15 minutes to reach by foot. I passed by the beautiful Liberty London on my way there and saw the wonderful Nutcracker-themed shop displays.

Liberty London,

Carnaby Street in Soho is easy to find specially with all the signage leading to it. This year, the inspiration for Carnaby’s Christmas lights comes from the V&A’s new exhibition ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 which features Carnaby Street at the heart of ‘swinging’ sixties London.


Carnaby Street Christmas Lights is probably the most unique decoration I’ve seen that night that I checked out a few street Christmas lights around London. Iconic images which celebrates Carnaby’s vibrant history of 60’s swing can be seen all over the place in addition to the spectacular lights glittering from above your head. It’s hip, young, funky and vibrant – that’s the probably the best description I can give it.


The Carnaby Street Christmas Lights will be turned on everyday from 4:30pm until the 6th of January 2017. The closest underground stations are Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.


Check out my Snapchat video of my Christmas Lights and Christmas Market Itinerary in London Part 1.

For more Christmas in London festivities, do visit the below posts:

Christmas Ice Rinks in London
Natural History Museum
Skate at Somerset House

Street Christmas Lights in London
Oxford Street
Bond Street
Carnaby Street
Covent Garden
Seven Dials
Regent Street

Christmas Markets in London
Christmas in Leicester Square
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Kingston Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Christmas Walking Tours
Christmas Walking Tour Part 1
Christmas Walking Tour Part 2

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  • L J Legend December 16, 2016 at 01:02

    I think as a Londoner I take for granted that London has so much to offer in the way of Christmas lights, markets and festivals and I guess I never really thought to visit Carnaby Street at Christmas, this is a great post and I’ll have a look this weekend. Lovely post and pictures.

    • Pinay Flying High December 18, 2016 at 09:41

      That’s actually a very normal thing, you don’t really see much of your place if you’re a local of the said place. It’s fun to play tourist specially in a place like London. 🙂

  • Leah December 15, 2016 at 20:15

    I hear so many good things about Christmas in London! I definitely would love to see this time of year there and your pictures helped me experience it 🙂 Hopefully I can get to London sometime soon!

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 20:42

      I hope so too Leah, London is magical during this time of the year. 🙂

  • Louiela December 15, 2016 at 18:54

    Thanks for sharing how is it to be Christmas in Carnaby Street… i love how those photos convey the spirit of Christmas…and now, i miss celebrating this season in our home country Philippines

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 20:07

      It’s been such a long time since I’ve celebrated Christmas in the Philippines. 10 years now to be exact. I do miss it too. 🙂

  • ZeeGoes December 15, 2016 at 09:15

    Oddly enough, I have seen London in every season but Christmas. This looks awesome. I would probably walk around the street with a big grin on my face, for some weird reason beautiful christmas lights always make me feel giddy.

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 18:32

      You’re not alone, I was whispering to myself “oh my god oh my god oh my god” trying to hide my excitement the entire time I was taking photos of the Christmas lights around London. :p You should visit during this season. 🙂

  • Courtney Jones December 15, 2016 at 09:04

    Ohhhh it’s so pretty! Christmas in London is definitely WAY more Christmas-y than Christmas in Australia!

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 18:33

      I am yet to experience summer during Christmas. :p

  • neha December 15, 2016 at 07:09

    I am really enjoying the christmas light and christmas market posts. Have been going through numerous and each one is adorable, including this

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 18:36

      Thank you, I love this season because of the lights and the markets. :p

  • Lea Searching December 15, 2016 at 00:19

    Wow! This is really something special!
    And really wonderful pictures

  • The Red Riding Hood December 14, 2016 at 21:00

    great photos and great angles! you must be living in London for some and knowing it so good. 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 18:42

      Lol. I just moved to London last August. :p

  • Jen Morrow December 14, 2016 at 20:43

    Awe, I love the annual Christmas lights and decorations in London. Carnaby Street usually comes up with a wild, wacky, unique display. I feel like I am back in town seeing all these!

    • Pinay Flying High December 14, 2016 at 20:56

      Thank you Jen. It’s a great compliment that I was able to make you feel like you’re back here. :p I can’t wait to see what they will have next year. Lol.

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels) November 17, 2016 at 09:19

    I’m enjoying these Christmas lights posts:)

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