The Gorgeous Blue Arches From Mayfair’s Christmas Lights Will Light Up London Streets This Week

That’s right folks, Mayfair is bringing the Christmas (light) cheer to London nice and early, sparring with Oxford Street for the earliest Christmas light display. With both places flicking the switch on November 2, 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). But Mayfair isn’t just going all the way and turning on all the lights at once, instead they’re rolling them out through the month of November.

Mayfair’s Christmas lights

November 2 will see the iconic blue arches that graced Mayfair’s streets in 2020 and 2021 returning, and flickering on along South Molton Street. The pedestrianised street will light up blue underneath a canopy of twinkling Christmas lights running the length of the street. Visitors who turn out to see the Mayfair Christmas lights turning on will also get to take advantage of festive treats from the shops and restaurants lining the display, as well as the chance for some late-night shopping.

A pedestrian walks beneath the Mayfair Christmas lights on Motcomb Street.
Credit: Mayfair London

But they’re not stopping there, this is Mayfair after all. Mount Street will be turning on their dazzling display, which will comprise of an absolutely staggering 63,000 lights, at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 17. They’ll be temporarily closing the street to traffic for the occasion, as a full on party takes over the area. Visitors can expect music, market stalls, pop-up food and drink stalls, and late-night shopping opportunities. And the night will also bring with it the unveiling of the iconic Christmas tree from the Connaught Hotel – a can’t miss.

But Mayfair isn’t just going the full hog with their Christmas lights and not considering the very real impact they have on the environment. In a balancing act, and to further  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 each day!

Belgravia’s Christmas lights

two people, one pushing a pram, walk under an illuminated arch which forms part of the Belgravia Christmas Lights display
Photo credit: John Nguyen/PA Wire

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 are bringing a whole host of fun with them, when the switch gets flipped on November 9. The Christmassy wonderland transformation of the area will see dazzling white lights across Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, Pimlico Road, Eccleston Yards, and Halkin Arcade. The lights will be turned on in two lots, for everyone to get the full effect. Elizabeth Street’s light will turn on at 6 PM, while Motcomb Street’s will illuminate from 6:40 PM.

someone walking down an passage in the evening, with christmas lights lighting up snowflakes on the ground behind, and lights visible in front in the distance
Credit: Belgravia London

The London Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing choral sets throughout the night, moving around Belgravia so everyone can catch their performance. Kids (and the young at heart) are sure to delight at the news that Father Christmas and two of his reindeer will be visiting Motcomb Street from 6 – 8 PM. Added to all that will be the launch of the festive Belgravia Christmas trail – which will see festive displays hitting the windows of local establishments. The evening will also see 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 the evening has in store for visitors.

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