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Oxford Street Christmas lights

I have the fortune/misfortune of being in London for only one night the week of November 12. I see the Oxford St Christmas lights will be turned on November 6. If I have a chance to see them I would like to. I am staying on the Piccadilly line near Gloucester Rd station so should be easy to get to. My question, after this long lead in, do I just get off at Oxford Rd station and expect to be in the middle of the sight? Thank you all.

Posted by
8889 posts

I take it you mean Oxford Circus station, Oxford Road station is in Manchester.
Otherwise yes, Oxford Circus is halfway along Oxford Street at the junction with Regents Street and exactly where you want to be.

Posted by
109 posts

Thank you!
And for the correction in naming, although I think I would know I was not in Manchester. :)
I hope all the timing works out so I can do this.

The main lights stretch from the Marble Arch/Selfridges end of Oxford Street all the way to Oxford Circus then down Regent Street.

You might prefer or enjoy taking the bus and sitting on the top deck - I always enjoy experiencing the lights that way.

The number 10 bus would take you from your hotel all the way to Oxford Circus.

Posted by
646 posts

Might make more sense to get off at Marble Arch, at one end of the lights, then walk along Oxford Street to Oxford Circus then turn right down Regent Street, a quick nip across to Carnaby Street, back to Regent Street and on through Piccadilly Circus, on to Leicester Square and up to Covent Garden. Then down to The Strand and back towards Trafalgar Square. Then along by the National Gallery exit and turn right along Lower Regent Street towards Piccadilly Circus again, then left along Piccadilly itself, turn right into New Bond Street and back up to Oxford Street near Bond Street tube. Weather and energy levels depending of course :o) myself and my wife did this walk early on a Sunday morning, and whilst all the lights wern’t on in the morning, it was still wonderful.

Posted by
5541 posts

I always find that Oxford Street lights are a disappointment, although Selfridges and John Lewis store windows are usually good, as is Fortnum and Mason on Piccadilly.

Carnaby Street is usually more imaginative and no one does traditional decorations like Burlington Arcade, near the Royal Academy off Piccadilly.

Posted by
10053 posts

As Jane suggested, it is great fun to ride in the bus for viewing. Get the seats in the front on top if at all possible.