The Best Christmas Light Displays in London

I still feel like a child when the Christmas season starts so it’s really important to me to know where to find the best light displays near my student accommodation. London has a longstanding tradition of magnificent lights so here are some top examples that I certainly won’t be missing.

Rathbone Place

If you’ve chosen a house share in Rathbone Place for your student accommodation, London’s most famous Christmas displays are within walking distance.

From 6 November Oxford Street is lit up. With 750,000 light bulbs strung along the 1.5km stretch of street you will certainly be dazzled. Most of the shops are offering discounts – you can find out more with this hashtag: #ChristmasIsCalling. I’ll certainly be doing all my gift shopping here this year.

In the event that your feet aren’t too sore after Oxford Street then make your way to Carnaby Street (an 8-minute walk if you don’t get distracted by any shops). These decorations have all been designed around a Queen theme – as in Bohemian Rhapsody, not Her Royal Highness.

Covent Garden lights are a short stroll away too. The city’s second largest Christmas tree can be found here with its 30,000 lights. Don’t forget to Instagram the giant reindeer for friends and family back home!

Britannia South Bank

When you’re in Britannia South Bank’s student accommodation, London’s Southbank Winter Festival on your doorstep. The yuletide markets are fantastic and the lights are magical, but the non-stop performances and shows are my favourite way to spend an evening after class.

Chapter Spitalfields

Chapter Spitalfields is located near to Leadenhall Market, and the students staying here will have easy access to its festive treats. The lights were switched on in mid-November, and for the whole month of December there are a series of seasonal events that you’ll want to try out.

I’m hoping to take a photo of me and my friends in the Mistletoe Kissing Booth so that I can enter the prize draw for a Leadenhall goodie bag.

In addition there are regular outdoor concerts, guided tours of the festive history of the market, and workshops for making your own Christmas decorations.

Tufnell House

For those who have chosen Tufnell House for their student accommodation, London Zoo will be just a short tube ride away. Visitors can experience a Christmas light show like no other amid the illuminated animal sculptures. I particularly like the Light Vortex, which is a series of tunnels created by colour-changing lights that you can wander through while carols and festive music play in the background. The whole evening finishes with mulled wine or hot chocolate beneath the stars. It really is a feast for all your senses!

You will have to pay for this attraction but if you book online and choose an off-peak slot then you can get a good discount on the full price.

If you’re studying here during the autumn and winter semesters then you should make sure that you know which festive attractions will be taking place near your student accommodation. London has a huge number of amazing light displays, Christmas markets and other yuletide events. Talk to our team about what’s happening near your halls of residence, apartment or homestay.

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