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Regent Street & St James’s Festive Lights Displays 2023

The Spirits of Christmas return to glisten above Regent Street and St James’s from 9th November with new illuminations in place.

Breathtaking 'spirits' designed by James Glancy Design

‘The Spirits of Christmas’ will illuminate the skies from Thursday 9th November, marking the start of the 2023 festive season in central London. The city's most recognizable festive light scheme is designed by leading British lighting creatives, James Glancy Design. The breathtaking canopy of glistening lights are made up of over 50 large scale ‘spirits’. The spirits will soar high above Regent Street, Regent Street St James’s, Piccadilly, Jermyn Street and St James’s Market.

New for 2023

For the first time, new lights will be in place to sparkle over additional locations across Regent Street and St James’s, including: Glasshouse Street, Quadrant Arcade, St James’s Market and Swallow Street. The brand new illuminations, designed also by James Glancy, have been created to enhance the existing scheme, bringing festive decoration to more of central London than ever before.

Thousands of visitors will travel from across the globe to view these iconic displays

Going Green

Powered by green energy, the over 300,000 light scheme is made up of low-energy LED bulbs which operate on a timer, conserving energy during daylight hours and overnight. Through the decades, Regent Street has long been famous for its spectacular festive lights display, being the first ever central London destination to introduce festive lights and decoration for the enjoyment of the public in 1954. The light schemes have evolved over the years with visitors travelling from around the world to catch a glimpse of this iconic part of London during the holidays.

Whilst there won’t be a physical large-scale switch on event as in previous years, the lights will be on from the early evening of November 9th.

The renowned winter illuminations offer a free festive attraction for all to celebrate the holiday period.

About Regent Street

London’s distinctive home of fashion, dining, wellness and lifestyle, Regent Street’s Grade II listed facades represent some of the most distinguished architecture in the city. Regent Street was the original shopping street for the capital and has grown into a world-renowned destination that curates year-round memorable experiences that go beyond world class shopping. Regent Street today is home to world-class flagship stores including Microsoft, Burberry, Hamley’s and Gymshark.

Tucked away in Regent Street’s neighbouring side streets are some of the capital’s most impressive restaurants and bars, including the award-winning Veeraswamy, Casa do Frango and Bar Americain. Wellness experiences can be found across the street, in the likes of Molton Brown, Aesop and Masaj, as well as Psycle and Rapha.

To plan your visit and find out about upcoming events, head to or follow @regentstreetw1 on social media.

About St James'

For over 300 years, St James’s has had a long-established reputation as the home of craftsmanship, fine food, culinary expertise and innovation. It is one of London’s most original and compelling districts, defined by its unique mix of contemporary and heritage brands from Sunspel, Cubitts and Grenson to Turnbull & Asser and Lock & Co.

It is also home to the city’s most influential collection of art galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts, the ICA and Christie’s. With an unparalleled restaurant scene, St James’s has become the home of a spectacular range of international cuisine from the eclectic modern offerings of Cafe Murano, Milos, and Michelin-starred Wild Honey St James’s to the iconic British offerings from the local establishments such as Franco’s, Rowley’s, Fortnum & Mason and Wilton’s.

St James Market

This is one of the latest redevelopments to be delivered in St James’s , a landmark development that occupies the area between Regent Street St James’s and Haymarket, boasting luxury office space alongside lifestyle retail and seven new restaurants centered around a reinvigorated public square. Flagship shopping includes ASSOS, Aspinal of London, SMEG and bespoke restaurant concepts are seen from Fallow and Scully St James’s. To plan your visit and find out more about upcoming events, please visit or follow @stjameslondon on social media.

Getting There

Both Regent Street and St James’s are easily accessed by foot from major London train stations, by bike or on the Tube from Piccadilly Circus, Green Park or Oxford Circus Tube stations.


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