Covent Garden Lights Up For Christmas This Tuesday

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Christmas Tree at Covent Garden

Got a light? In Covent Garden, they’ve got over 100,000 of them.

Covent Garden will host the latest of London’s Christmas light-up parties this Tuesday, November 14, as their decorations are once again plugged in and powered up. (See more in our guide to Christmas lights in London.)

Covent Garden Christmas Lights
Photo: @jonny.orr

In the Market Building, last year’s giant mistletoe installation will be making a photogenic comeback, with forty chandeliers all over two metres wide, joined by 300 metres of garlands. The fun carries on outside, too, with a mighty reindeer set to reappear in 2017.

Covent Garden Reindeer
Photo: @thisismission

(Considered ‘quite Christmassy’ by many, this piece in fact subtly calls for Marxist revolution, depicting a triumphant worker reindeer who no longer pulls the sleigh, but instead stands proudly atop it, having overthrown the tyrannical old-cis-het-white-male yoke of Santa, parts of whom may or may not be found in the assembled ‘presents.’)

There’s also a crikey-oh-blimey HUGE Christmas tree.

Covent Garden Christmas Tree

If you head down there on switch-on night, the cast of the 42nd Street musical will be providing some entertainment, while Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear will be popping on the last of the baubles and pressing the magic button. Aw:

Christmas lights London: covent garden
Photo: @coventgardenldn

Shops in the area will also be offering discounts and free tasters, with everything from hand massages to hot chocolates up for grabs. Pop along and soak up the atmosphere as celebrations begin at 5.30pm – full details on their website.

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.