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Switching on the Christmas Lights 2017

By Ester Pintor

Kick off this Christmas Season by visiting one of the many High Streets that celebrate the "Switching on the Lights" this November with a special event. Have a look at our top picks:

Oxford Street Swtiching on the Lights 2017Have you seen hundreds of baubles hanging on one of the most famous streets? Yup, you've probably guessed it - we're talking about the Christmas lights in Oxford Street. Although they are already in place, they won’t be switched on till Tuesday 7th November, which isn't too long now! The NSPCC charity has partnered with Oxford Street and Sky Cinema to raise awareness of their ‘Light Up Christmas for Children’ campaign, and for the very first time, Rita Ora will be the person in charge of switching the lights on! Save the date now - definitely not to be missed!

On Thursday 9th November, the fashionable Carnaby Street lights will switch on at 6pm, and will host across its fourteen streets a big party full of DJs and street entertainers. Most of the shops on the street will be offering 20% off, so don't miss out on some great Christmas shopping deals!

From November 14th onwards, the most famous and touristic piazza in London will sparkle with its festive lights - Covent Garden will be even more irresistible, and hopefully they'll bring back the magnificent silver reindeer alongside the huge Christmas tree.

On Wednesday 15th, Marylebone High Street will be illuminated at 6pm. This fantastic community event taking place from 3pm to 7pm is organised by Howard de Walden Estate and will bring to the boutique-filled area live music and more!

The original maestros of Christmas lights, who started this beautiful tradition back in 1954, will once again hold the title of "The Biggest Christmas Lights Display". Be sure to head down to Regent Street on Thursday, November 16th. Expect VIP appearances, entertainment and its usual count down.

However, for those fearing the thousands of people celebrating at Regent Street, Seven Dials will glow with its festive lights on the same day. It will kick off at 5pm and the area will be taken over by a food and shopping event blasting the lights on at 6:30pm. Don’t miss out the special dishes the local restaurants will prepare for this special occasion!

Due to construction in progress at Duke of York Square, this year their annual Switching on the lights event will take place at Sloane Square on Saturday November the 18th. Get the chance to meet real reindeers and see Father Christmas turn the lights on! The event beginning at 2pm will bright up the square at 5pm. What a magical sight that will be!

On Thursday 23rd November from 6pm, Marble Quay will be the first place visitors will be able to see St Katharine Docks' Christmas makeover. Renowned actor and Docks resident David Suchet, best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Poirot, will light up the night as the marina is transformed by sparkling lights and a dazzling display of decorations. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available to accompany music from the City Chamber Choir, performing Christmas carols that are sure to sprinkle the holiday spirit across the Docks.

And how can be forget the tradition of Trafalgar Square: In 1947, the Norwegian Christmas Tree was given to the people of Britain to thank them for their support during World War II. On December 7th at 6pm, this magnificent Christmas tree will light on, a poignant reminder of the reason for this season - gratitude.

And to end, our top Switch-On the lights choices, Bond Street and its stunning peacock-themed Christmas installation full of elegant plumes! Unfortunately, Bond Street, notorious for keeping us waiting, hasn’t released the date just yet, so you will have to comeback to us again soon for an update.

Meanwhile, start planning which Switch-on you want to celebrate and - Enjoy the Christmas lights!!!

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