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This Year’s Carnaby Street Christmas Lights Bear A Message Of Hope And Kindness

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor


The Carnaby Street Christmas lights have had a lovely new makeover.

You’ve got to give Carnaby Street credit, as they continually find ways to up their Christmas lights game. Having delivered these impressive Bohemian Rhapsody lights in 2018, they went ahead and topped it last year with a vivid Christmas lights display made from recycled materials that celebrated the world’s oceans. In 2020, the Carnaby Christmas lights have a message of solidarity, hope and connection that’s shining bright above Soho for the winter, and it’s looking pretty in pink!

This year’s Carnaby Christmas lights have been created in collaboration with the Choose Love charity, who work tirelessly to raise funds and much-needed amenities for refugees and displaced people across the globe. They run a charity pop-up show in Carnaby each year (also back for 2020), and now their message of empathy and hope fills the skies above shoppers.

The message is a good one at any time, but gains particular importance given the year we’re having (I’m sure you don’t need a recap…). The pink neon lightboxes span the length of Carnaby Street, and each one bears a simple message such as “Thank You”, “Hope”, “Hero”, “Believe”, “Dream” and “Love” – the hope is that at least one of them will bring a smile to your face. Pop on down to Carnaby Street to see them sprinkle a little Christmas magic over Soho!

Still thirsty for more festive illuminations? We’ve rounded up London’s best Christmas light displays here!

Also published on Medium.

Tags: carnaby, carnival