Oxford Street, London W1
Christmas Lights 5th November 2012 until 5 January 2013
Outside Marks & Spencer’s on Oxford Street (near Marble Arch) on 5th November, Leona Lewis twinkled and Robbie Williams flicked the switch that lit up London’s most famous shopping street for Christmas. As always, Oxford Street was filled with cheering onlookers for this event. The lights will look gorgeous every day until 5 January. Don’t forget Selfridge’s Christmas-themed windows; certainly spectacular. Let the Christmas shopping begin!
Regent Street Christmas Lights, London W1
Christmas Lights 13th November 2012 until 5 January 2013
On Regent Street, the Christmas lights ceremony begins on Tuesday 13 November at 5.30pm. There will be live music from big names including the soaring voice of operatic tenor Noah Stewart. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will also take to the stage to enjoy the finale: a fireworks display. Regent Street retailers will be marking the event with various in-store activities.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market, London SE1
16 November until 23 December 2012
Between London Eye and Southbank Centre, the wooden huts of this German-style Christmas market include a pocket money priced stall, a kid’s craft stall for card making and elsewhere, lots of great gift ideas for all ages.
Dazzle at National Theatre, Southbank London SE1
5 November 2012 to 6 January 2013
The largest and the longest-running exhibition of contemporary jewellery in Europe. Thousands of pieces for sale from new names as well as established designers mean that you are sure to find original approaches to the craft. Dazzle Specials focuses on the work of silversmiths and printmakers. There is also a section devoted to men’s jewellery and accessories.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2012
23 November 2012 to 6 January 2013
The presence of a giant observation wheel, an illuminated ice rink (it’s the biggest outdoor rink in Britain) and two circuses make Hyde Park Winter Wonderland much more than a shopping experience. Although most events and attractions are ticketed, entry to Santaland and to the Christmas Market, where you will find all manner of seasonal treats on sale, is free.
All our London West End holiday rental apartments are ideal for a citybreak near West End shopping.