Christmas in London | Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2016


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.

James Street Christmas Lights, London -

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:

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

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.

Insider tips:

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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  • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 20:18

    Oh that’s so great Nuria. If you’re already here, I hope you’re having a fab time. 🙂

  • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 20:16

    Thanks Katy. I went to Kew Gardens a few weeks ago but thought that it’s more geared for kids. :-/

  • Erin Gustafson @OregonGirlWorld November 23, 2016 at 12:52

    WOW! I think even I could handle the crowds on Oxford Street for those lights! I love a good Christmas light display and have enjoyed reading your posts and watching your Instagram stories! Cheers from Christmassy Copenhagen, Erin #FarawayFiles

    • Pinay Flying High November 23, 2016 at 22:12

      For anything Christmassy, I can handle everything. Lol.

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  • Corey with fifi + hop November 21, 2016 at 21:35

    Wow, your photos are simply amazing. They capture the spirit of Christmas so well. Here in New York it’s been unseasonably warm – until today – that it’s been hard to envision the Christmas season, but I definitely am now! #farawayfiles

    • Pinay Flying High November 22, 2016 at 18:49

      I think New York is a bit crazy too when it comes to Christmas. Do they have decors up now?

  • Pinay Flying High November 21, 2016 at 18:31

    I was in Piccadilly yesterday, they’ve put something around the statue. Quite disappointing as I was showing a friend around the city. I did see Regent Street which was beautiful, I’ll check out Burlington Arcade and Fortnum and Mason’s. Thanks for the tips.

    And yes, Oxford Street is too busy! Lol

  • Pinay Flying High November 21, 2016 at 18:30

    OXford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street were the best ones for me. 🙂

  • Tracy McConnachie Collins November 20, 2016 at 08:49

    Going to London next month with my daughter so this is a really helpful post! Will head to Oxford Street – thanks for all tips so useful! It looks amazing this year can’t wait!!!

    • Pinay Flying High November 21, 2016 at 18:32

      Oh that’s wonderful! I hope your daughter will love it as much as I did. :p

  • L J Legend November 17, 2016 at 05:42

    Can’t believe how fast christmas has come around, I always remember as a child going to see the lights in oxford street and I think as an adult I have forgotten how to appreciate them, I think a little trip to the Westend is in order. Great post and thank for getting me in the Christmas spirit 😉

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 20:17

      Thank you LJ, I’m glad I was able to bring out the kid in you. :p

  • Raymond Smith November 17, 2016 at 03:15

    Whoa…, This numerous picture of Christmas lights on Oxford, London, is totally goosebumps, if I have much more expenses I really, really spend my Christmas Eve on there with my friends. But sad to say, it is still only a day dream for me. 🙁

  • Janine Good November 15, 2016 at 03:19

    What a great post! I lived in England over christmas and LOVED the lights all over London! I really love the Selfridges displays ! they put on quite a show each year. I also loved Carnaby Street and the Hamley’s toy shop.

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:57

      I went to Carnaby as well during this walk, Hamley’s I might have to add in my list. :p

  • Marina November 14, 2016 at 22:55

    OMG! I have visited a couple of times the christmas markets in Germany, and this year I had the change to enjoy the ones in Budapest, but I had no idea that London look that cool on xmas times! The most vibrant city in Europe gets shines better than ever now! Thanks for sharing, all photos are amazing… See if I can find any super Ryanair deal/offer to get to the capital from Barcelona next Christmas!

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:54

      It’s my first Christmas here in London and falling in love with it more and more. 🙂

  • Gemma November 14, 2016 at 21:38

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful snaps. Christmas in London is my favourite! I don’t think I’ll make it there this year, so I’ll live vicariously through your post 😉

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:52

      Thank you Gemma, sad that you’ll miss it but I’m pretty sure you’d find something great where you are now. 🙂

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels) November 14, 2016 at 20:11

    love this!:)

  • Pinay Flying High November 14, 2016 at 18:48

    Me too. :p

  • Delaine Dcosta November 14, 2016 at 10:57

    Noemi, you know very well how I feel about this. I’ve been stalking you on SM. Absolutely love your pictures. I would be dancing for joy if I was there. I’ve been in Christmas mode since September and UAE just showed its first signs of Christmas at Carrefour. I cant wait for my upcoming holiday.

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:53

      Thank you very much Delaine. I can’t wait for your holiday as well! Want to see Strasbourg during Christmas. 🙂

  • neha November 14, 2016 at 09:28

    Wow..those lights are just amazing. Can’t get enough of it. Beautiful! Splendid! I would miss it even if I have never been here..this is so wonderful

  • Jill Wiley November 14, 2016 at 00:18

    Oh my gosh! These lights are amazing! I studied in London for a summer… and my husband did for a semester… BUT neither of us were lucky enough to be there for this! We just might have to visit at this time of year sometime to witness the gorgeous lights in person!

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:55

      Christmas in London should be in everyone’s bucket list. It’s just lovely! 🙂

  • Katie November 13, 2016 at 22:58

    Oxford Streets is one of my favourite places to head to at Christmas! The lights always get me in that Christmassy spirit and Miss Selfridges is always spectacular! I love Convent Garden as this time of the year too! Great post that has got me all excited for Christmas! 😀

    • Pinay Flying High November 15, 2016 at 21:56

      They turned on the lights in Covent Garden tonight. I missed it. 🙁 Will probably go there this Friday. 🙂

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