Central London Christmas lights scheme unveiled

Named ‘The Spirit of Christmas’, the designs are a modern reimagining of the very first Regent Street Christmas Lights from 1954 and are set to be the street’s most ambitious Christmas illuminations ever


19 October 2016

On Thursday 17 November Regent Street will officially unveil its spectacular festive light display, ‘The Spirit of Christmas’. The street will be closed from early evening for the grand annual switch-on moment, with VIP appearances and live entertainment to be announced.

For the first time ever one theme will unite The Crown Estate’s Central London assets. The installations will run from Regent Street down Regent Street St James’s and on to Waterloo Place, with complimentary festive lights across Jermyn Street and St James’s Market. Large scale spirits will dominate the display: each have a 17 metre wingspan and a 15 metre train.

Regent Street’s long and proud association with Christmas stretches back to the very first lights display in 1954”

David Shaw, head of Regent Street portfolio at The Crown Estate

The lights, which have been designed and built by James Glancy Design, are inspired by the true meaning of the yuletide period, and will pay homage to the Regent Street’s rich festive heritage, as it was the first ever street to display a central London Christmas lights scheme back in 1954.

David Shaw, head of the Regent Street Portfolio at The Crown Estate, said: “Regent Street’s long and proud association with Christmas stretches back to the very first lights display in 1954. Since then, the street has played an important part in so many people’s Christmas experiences that we wanted to celebrate that this year.”

More details on the official switch-on event can be found on the Regent Street website