The Spirit of Christmas Lights up Regent Street

The night skies became bright with the annual switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights on Thursday 17 November 2016.

18 November 2016

The concept entitled ‘The Spirit of Christmas’, is a dramatic and modern reimagining of the first Christmas lights on Regent Street, featuring a fleet of impressively large-scale Spirits that bathe Regent Street under a canopy of light, stretching from Langham Place to Waterloo Place.

The event saw appearances from Heart Breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton, and live performances by music stars Tom Odell and Rebecca Ferguson. The festive season officially begun at 6.50pm when Holly Willoughby pressed the switch-on button, launching a pyrotechnic display lighting the fleet of Christmas Sprits for the first time.

Crowds dispersed to enjoy late night Christmas shopping at flagship stores including the newly opened Polo Ralph Lauren flagship and the largest Burberry store in the world, as well as exploring the best beauty offerings at Murdock and the new Space NK Innovation store. The festive season was in full swing, with shoppers busy buying children’s presents at Hamley’s, the oldest toy shop in the world, before visiting some of the city’s most coveted dining hotspots on Heddon Street and Swallow Street.

We are delighted to unveil The Spirit of Christmas at another stellar Regent Street Christmas Lights switch-on event”

James Cooksey, Director of Central London at The Crown Estate

James Cooksey, Director of Central London said: “We are delighted to unveil The Spirit of Christmas at another stellar Regent Street Christmas Lights switch-on event. Thousands of Londoners and visitors gathered on Regent Street to witness the largest central London festive lighting scheme light up the night sky.”

Designed by James Glancy Design in partnership with The Crown Estate, this year’s display celebrates Regent Street’s rich history and association with Christmas, by referencing the original and first central London Christmas lights in 1954, created with exceptional British design and craftsmanship.

Photos from the event can be found on the Regent Street Facebook page.