That’s right folks, Mayfair and Belgravia have brought the Christmas (light) cheer to London with their gorgeous Christmas light displays. Mayfair flicked the switch back on November 2, while Belgravia turned their lights on on November 9. It’s a battle of the legends as two of the most popular Christmas light displays lead the charge and light up London’s skies (and footpaths). However, Mayfair still has some tricks up their sleeves, with more Christmas lights turning on throughout November.
Mayfair’s Christmas lights
November 2 saw the iconic blue arches that graced Mayfair’s streets in 2020 and 2021 returning, and flickering on along South Molton Street. The pedestrianised street now lights up blue underneath a canopy of twinkling Christmas lights running the length of the street.
But that’s not all, this is Mayfair after all. Mount Street’s dazzling display, comprised of an absolutely staggering 63,000 lights, was subsequently switched on, on November 17. And along with them came the unveiling of the iconic Christmas tree from the Connaught Hotel – a can’t miss.
Fret not about the energy cost (too much, at least) as Mayfair isn’t just going full throttle with their Christmas lights without considering the very real impact they have on the environment. In a balancing act that furthers their commitment from last year, lights will only be illuminated from 3 PM – 12 AM, midnight, each day. More than enough time for everyone to see them!
Belgravia’s Christmas lights
Now, if you’re checking out Mayfair’s Christmas lights, you’re surely heading down to Belgravia’s too, right? I mean, it’s a mere hop, skip, and a jump away. If not, even less!
Belgravia’s Christmas lights brought a whole host of fun to the area when the switch got flipped on November 9. The Christmassy wonderland transformation of the area sees dazzling white lights across Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, Pimlico Road, Eccleston Yards, and Halkin Arcade. The London Gay Men’s Chorus performed choral sets throughout the night of the lights turning on, moving around Belgravia so everyone could catch their performance. Kids (and the young at heart) were delighted to see Father Christmas and two of his reindeer visiting Motcomb Street on the evening, too.
Added to all that was the launch of the festive Belgravia Christmas trail – which sees festive displays hitting the windows of local establishments. Similarly to Mayfair, the evening also saw discounts and deals available at special events across the stores and venues of Belgravia. Lights, sales, and a show! (And plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate, of course). Head to Belgravia’s official website to find out more about all the goings-on that will be accompanying the gorgeous light displays.