Great carnival performances to see in London over Christmas time

Some brilliant displays to watch (Image: Getty Images)

December is finally here and we are all in the festive spirit.

With just over three weeks until the big day, it’s time to book Christmas plan into action.

Thankfully, the capital has all sorts of exciting things going on during the season – from east market come seasonal pop-ups.

There are also some incredible carnival displays to check out in the city – many of which are completely free to visit.

These spectacles take the form of street lights, building decorations, and illuminated trails.

So wrap up and venture out to some of these dazzling attractions in the coming weeks – we guarantee that if you haven’t been, you’ll definitely enjoy after visiting these famous spots.

Carnaby Christmas Kaleidoscope

Butterflies are flying overhead in central London (Image: Getty)

If you walked down Carnaby Street today, you would be inundated with 600 glittering butterflies. These 3D and 2D creatures are dotted across the street with reflective wings and bright neon patterns – all perched atop glittering discs perched overhead.

The exhibit is in collaboration with the street’s charity partner Choose Love – an organization that supports refugees around the world. There’s even a store at number 3 that sells limited edition products.

Lightopia at Crystal Palace Park

The Phoenix of Light on the night of Lightopia’s launch (Image: Getty)

Lightopia will return to Crystal Palace Park in another year. The historic park comes to life with interactive displays, installations, lanterns, colorful lasers, water shows, and a Christmas light walk.

This is a great one for the whole family.

Annabel’s Mayfair

You won’t miss it (Image: Tareq Mooradun-tmnikonian)

Annabel’s has been transformed into a sparkling gingerbread house in 2021. They’ve teamed up with Swarovski to transform the Berkeley Square building into a sparkling, jaw-dropping masterpiece.

Thousands of brown crystals make up the gingerbread house, while fiberglass freezes over the roof. If that wasn’t decadent enough, emeralds were used for the entrance. So it’s really a visual sight.

Christmas lights on Oxford Street

Lots of bright stars on Oxford Street (Image: Getty)

Christmas in London would not be complete without the Oxford street lights.

This year, more than a million LEDs were used to create a starry display that is said to be 100% recyclable and will be used for future Oxford Street celebrations.

Sparkling in the park in Greenwich

Greenwich is lit up this December (Image: Courtney Dellar)

Back in its second year, this experience in Greenwich is truly a winter wonderland – with its immersive light trails, sparkling trees and fire art installations with interactive on-road experiences Go.

And this year the Sparkle in the Park organizers really pushed the boat – as there will be live music performances.

The Churchill Arms

This Notting Hill pub always puts on an impressive show when carnival time goes on.

If you pass by the place between now and January, you definitely won’t miss it, as it is covered with Christmas trees – stretching from the sidewalk to the roof.


Things are becoming interactive at Harrods (Image: Jo Hale / Getty Images)

This year’s theme for the department store is ‘Witness a spectacle’ with various brands on tables in the store windows – reminiscent of a Christmas party.

At each window, visitors can scan a QR code that opens a window on their phone – allowing them to experience festive filters and AR technology.

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