It looks like Oxford Street’s Christmas lights will be shining very soon.
It feels like summer has barely breathed its last, and yet Christmas is already poking its tinselled head around the corner. Champing at the bit to get started are Oxford Street, who have had their lights in position since the beginning of October. But, with 1,778 to assemble, you can hardly blame them for starting early. Right on schedule, their baubles are now floating, albeit dimly, above London’s most manic thoroughfare. “But when will they be switched on?”, I hear you cry. (Featured photo: James Beard)
Well, folks, the official switch-on date has finally been announced as Tuesday November 6, with the illuminations beginning at 6pm.
You can expect the usual pomp and circumstance when they start illuminating central London, with a million-strong horde of revellers just part of the package. Unlike years before, however, there will no longer be one big outdoor performance by a celebrity musician. Instead, there are lots of little pop-up gigs inside Oxford Street shops, including performances by Novelist, Kara Marni, and Ray BLK.
Just checking they work! (Photo: @hajdarovicmina)
Alongside the highly anticipated Christmas Lights switch on, November 6 is also set to be “a festive-filled evening of one night only experiences”! The street will also play host to their biggest ever shopping night, with plenty of surprises along the way, and drinks and treats available for those of you searching for Christmas presents, or just eyeing up something for yourself.
The theme this year – judging by the as-yet unlit lights – is ‘Christmas is calling’. Christmas is, apparently, much more organised than your average Londoner, since it’s calling almost two months in advance.
There’s no big celebrity to push the plunger this year, but crowds are still set to be huge, so prepare for chaos (we’re talking over one million people). Surrounding tube stations include Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Marble Arch, and Piccadilly Circus – make sure you plan ahead. Prepare thyselves, people: Christmas is here.
Speaking of festive fancies back for 2018, these ravishing riverside igloos have made a triumphant return to Tower Bridge, and we couldn’t be happier.
Featured image: @annaladop