It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least for me. If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know how Christmas-deprived I was when I was living in the Middle East and how this ultimately made my obsession on this season even more. Now that I’m living in London, I’m not going to let this year pass without making the most of my first Christmas out of the Middle East for the first time in 9 years. Not even work. Lol.
Yes I’m working again, yay! An advance Christmas gift to me. Having said that, I can only visit the city on a Friday or probably another day during the week if time permits. Last Friday was the most awaited day of the week for me last week as I have planned to visit all of the streets in London which had its Christmas lights already turned on. Oxford Street of course was my first destination.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
The tradition of decorating the famous shopping area of Oxford Street in London started in 1959. Since then the lights will twinkle every Christmas season in Oxford Street except during the recession of the years 1976 and 1977. Current tradition involves a celebrity turning the lights on and this year, Craig David turned Oxford Street Christmas Lights last Sunday. Apparently it’s a huge event with traffic closed and some shops with special offers for this event. However, I wasn’t able to go because I had to work the next day.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights this year is made up of 1,778 blue and gold snowball and star decorations hanging all over the street. Trees lined up were also decorated with Christmas lights and not to mention the elaborate shop displays along the area. Don’t miss Selfridge’s displays, it’s amazing!
While exploring Oxford Street Christmas Lights, it’s good to be nosy and check out some of the smaller streets that branches out from the main one because you never know what gem you’ll find. I do highly recommend to check out James Street and visit St Christopher’s Place which is now dressed up in glittery Christmas light decorations.
St Christopher’s Place is home to a mix of boutique and high-end shops as well as restaurants which offer al fresco dining on a very cute square. The night that I passed by it, heaters were all over the place so even during the cold winter time – it’s a cozy area to go to for dinner or drinks.
Now back to the main street. This year, Oxford Street Christmas Lights have a charity partner – the NSPCC. Londoners are encouraged to donate GBP5 and dedicate one of the lights to a loved one.
Oxford Street runs for approximately 1.2 miles which starts (or ends lol) at the Marble Arch with numerous tube stations that you can access it from. Based on what I’ve seen from the day I visited some of the Christmas light decorations in London, Oxford street does have the most elaborate one. So if you only have time to visit one street to get your dose of Christmas spirit, let it be Oxford Street.
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:
Plan your visit to the Oxford Street Christmas Lights:
The lights will be on everyday until January 5, 2017.
Access is free.
Nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Oxford Circus Station, Bond Street Station and Tottenham Court Road Station.
Start your visit from the Marble Arch underground station and work your way towards Bond Street.
Don’t miss Selfridge’s amazing Christmas shop displays and also, James Street’s St Christopher Place.
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