Eccentricity - and electricity - power our favourite Christmas light displays this year
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the sprinkling of some extra stars in the sky. By this, we mean the Christmas lights that scatter the globe every year.
Displays date back to 18th century Germany where people would illuminate their home with candles and hang them from tree branches. It was only in the 20th century that electric lights replaced the dangerous flame.
From here, people began decorating the exterior of their homes and then the entire street until – voila – the tradition took over.
Here are a few our of favourites this year…
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Covent Garden has got romantic this year and stolen our hearts with its mistletoe-inspired light display. 50 clusters of green branches and ivory berries hang across the streets, piazza and market building to promote a whole lotta love this Christmas.
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The famous street was the first in London to gain electric streetlights over 100 years ago. A century later, the Strand is celebrating its first ever Christmas street light display – a series of snowflakes and baubles embellished with ‘Northbank’.
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In a ‘turning on’ ceremony hosted by Darcey Bussell, the winding street’s lights slowly flickered to life with the push of a button. The display is sponsored by Jo Malone this year and features a series of cogs and swirls that watch over shoppers.
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Bond Street is recycling last year’s successful light display – a series of peacock infused decorations, an animal regarded as a beacon of nobility, holiness and guidance. Great peacock eyes and circular crown formations graze the skies of Mayfair in icy blue tones.
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Famous for its cool vibe and annual Christmas display that are lit with eccentricity, this year’s disco balls and stars follow in the wake of oversized rubber ducks and headphones of previous years. A street party marked the ‘turning on’ ceremony complete with celeb DJ.
For the third year running, glitzy snowballs that hang from delicate cords illuminate Oxford Street. An additional 445 bulbs have been added to make a 1,778 strong display that saw Kylie Minogue turn them on.
Home to one of the first decorated Christmas trees in England, Kew prides itself on tradition and history at this festive time of year. It has upped the ante for 2015 – lighting a mile-long path under a canopy of stars throughout the gardens.
Home to the Queen, the town of Windsor has put on a regal display fit for royalty this year. Giant crowns and the Sovereign Orb dangle above the heads of shoppers and Windsor Castle can be seen illuminated in the backdrop.