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Five Quirky Christmas Light Displays in London 2019

Billie Manning

We all love the Regent Street lights, sure - but there’s so much more to London life than three streets in Zone 1. We’ve rounded up a bunch of London’s most distinctive and exciting light shows even the Grinchiest of you will enjoy.

The waterside one: St Katharine Docks
Lighting up Central London’s only marina will be Father Christmas himself, who will arrive at St Katharine Docks on a speedboat sleigh – very 90s James Bond. Once Saint Nick has got everyone in the festive mood, the marina will then be transformed with sparkling lights and decorations. Don’t miss the audial treats either: carols sung by the City Chamber Choir and the local Children’s Choir.
 
St Katharine Docks. Light switch-on: Thursday 22 November from 6pm
 
The designer one: Coal Drops Yard
Not just frosty, this one’s cool. The Yard will be transforms into a winter forest, lit by an imitation of the Northern Lights. Filled with vibrant, flocked festive trees and illuminated with lights. If that’s not enough discover a plethora of unique and contemporary retailers staying open late across across Coal Drops Yard and Lower Stable Street with offers and experiences from the likes of LPOL, Maya Magal, Aesop and Vallebona. Once you’ve purchased your gifts enjoy a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants from Hicce, Barrafina and Vermuteria or a festive cocktail and mulled wine from the Drop or the bar at Plaza Pastor.
 
Coal Drops Yard. Lights are on until 6 January.
 
The star-studded one: The East Village, Stratford
Be transported back to the magical time of, er, the nineties, with quintessential band of the era East 17 at the light switch-on at Stratford's East Village. Sway gently to the sound of their hit Stay Another Day while you enjoy a free hot chocolate and free festive sweet treats served by E20 bakery Signorelli, or enjoy various wintry fun and games such as Roll a Ball Reindeer Racing.

Light switch-on 5 December

The eye-popping one: Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland
If you still haven’t satisfied your fairy-light itch, book a trip to Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland, which will see the historic gardens decked out in an almost indecent amount of colourful lights. Follow the trail around the lake to the spectacularly lit up Great Conservatory, have fun with the interactive light installations and don’t forget to take lots of photos. The Enchanted Woodland is only open for two more weekends and usually sells out, so make sure to book your tickets in advance. Adult tickets are £12, children’s tickets are £5.
 
15 November - 1 December
 
The unmissable one: The Shard
The Shard’s annual festive display sees the very tip of the building lit up in various dazzling colours. This year’s display is named ‘Reflections’, and is based on the concept of reflecting all the colours of the London sky in a 30-minute show, from golden sunrises to the pinks of sunset and the dark blue of twilight. The show commences every half an hour from 4pm to 1am each evening, and it’s Western Europe’s highest light show, so it’ll be unmissable in both senses of the word.
 
From 2 December

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