It’s the most wonderful time of the year, officially! After our biggest and best summer to date, it’s time to wave goodbye to 2019 in style. We’ve pretended not to see the mince pies on the shelves since October, but we can now (bulk) buy them guilt-free. To top things off, Christmas lights have been going up across London so we can all start getting into the festive spirit.
The dapper denizens in London’s spiritual home of fashion are used to certain aesthetic pleasures and Carnaby Street doesn’t disappoint. Pioneers in the Christmas lights scene, Carnaby Street is famous for putting on dazzling displays with unique themes. This year they’ve created a sustainable Ocean-themed installation, in collaboration with charity Project 0, made from recycled bottles and fishing nets.
When: 7th November
Where: Carnaby Street, Soho
With over 40 million shoppers a year, the official illuminating ceremony at Covent Garden is always a special occasion. The event took place on the Covent Garden Piazza with Last Christmas stars and director, Emilia Clarke, Dame Emma Thompson and Paul Feig, doing the honours. With over 115,000 lights powering up in Covent Garden and the surrounding streets. The towering 1.5 tonne Christmas tree alone has 30,000 lights, forming the centrepiece of the ceremony.
When: 12th November
Where: Covent Garden
REGENT STREET & JERMYN STREET
Regent Street is world-renowned for its spectacular light display during the festive season and as the first ever central London location to boast Christmas lights way back in 1954, they take the responsibility very seriously. This year Regent Street celebrates this remarkable 65-year history with the creation of central London’s largest Christmas lights display, touching upon the history of the famous location, as well as bringing quintessentially British design and craftsmanship to the fore. We at The Fair took great privilege in bringing the Crowne Estates Choir down Regents Street for their 200 presents Crowne Estate tour!
When: 14th November
Where: Regent Street & Jermyn Street, Soho/St James’s
SYON PARK ENCHANTED WOODLAND
As the name suggests, this beautiful installation was inspired by the more magical side of Christmas. An illuminated walk through the 600-year old woodland garden past some of the oldest trees in the country, culminating in an incredible smoke and laser show at the Great Conservatory. To add to the festive feel good factor, all proceeds from the Enchanted Woodland are re-invested directly into the Gardens and Great Conservatory, for a necessary renovations and works.
When: 15th November – 1st December
Where: Syon Park, Brentford
CHRISTMAS AT KEW
The world-leading botanical garden makes its seasonal transformation for the mile-long stretch of this fantastic light show. Kew Gardens is a gem of West London and an oasis of calm and natural beauty. This year, there will be a host of old favourites with Santa and the elves hard at work before the big night, but the walking route is a little different. Changes are small but the experience is no less stunning with eye-catching features, such as the Temperate House laser projections and the captivating Tunnel of Light.
When: 20th November – 5th January
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens
WAVE BY SQUID SOUP
Eccelston Yard is a beautiful space ensconced close to Victoria Station. The Wave is a mesmerising multi-sensory installation made up of 500 suspended orbs, each emitting a warm glow and soothing tones in unison. Walking through the structure is akin to drifting beneath the ocean waves, enveloped in the siren’s call, though without the inherent danger. It’s a calming experience – an impeccable antidote to the busy Christmas schedule – and great any time of the year.
When: 28th November – 11th January
Where: Eccleston Yards, Victoria
Wembley Park’s Winterfest is free to wander through, with a huge light tunnel, halo light towers and a towering LED Christmas tree. This is Wembley Park’s first-ever immersive winter lights trail incorporating both light and sound into an immersive playground of unique art installations. Our Placemaking team We Are Placemaking delivered the Halo light installation with The Fair supporting with Health & Safety.
When: 20th November – 3 January
Where: Wembley Park
EVER AFTER GARDEN
Grosvenor Square has transformed into the Ever After Garden, a beautiful space filled with over 27,000 illuminated white roses. Visitors can plant roses in memory of loved ones they have lost – and the cost of each rose will help to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Fair have really enjoyed being part of this unique light display delivering Health & Safety for Grosvenor.
When: 29th November – 22nd December
Where: Grosvenor Square, Mayfair