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Take a Twinkling Tour of London

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... everywhere you go. Literally, everywhere you go-- you can't escape it, so why not have a cup of cheer and embrace it? This holiday season, London's cup of cheer is overflowing with Christmas street lights, markets and ice skating rinks galore! With all of the gift giving, party hosting and decorating, we know too well that the holidays can present a problem for our wallets. Fortunately, London has done the decorating for us! For a cheap, yet festive, night out-- take a starry stroll through a few of London's more embellished streets. If you don't mind bearing the Oxford Street pandemonium, some of the city's best lights can be seen in one outing along Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, St. Christopher's Place and Marylebone High Street. To take this twinkling tour, grab a hot beverage on Carnaby Street and ogle at their whimsical arrangement.

From there, head north on Regent Street and you'll find spectacular stars and images from the animated hit, Arthur Christmas.

PhotoCredit | Time Out New York (Abigail Lelliott) Once you come to Oxford Street, hang a left and take your time swallowing it's visual Christmas feast.

In less than half of a mile you'll reach James Street, take a right and walk north. This will lead you through the St. Christopher's Place adornments.

Continue along James Street and it will turn into Marylebone High Street, where you'll find this pleasing presentation of lights.

Photo Credit | www.ConranTalkingShop.com Also on this high street you'll find a fantastic selection of boutiques, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops-- making this the perfect end to your tour! More free lights:

  • South Molton Street
  • Covent Garden
  • Imagination Building Christmas Lights
  • Christmas at St Pancras International
  • Christmas in Trafalgar Square

Other Seasonal Suggestions:
  • Canary Wharf Ice Rink: www.canarywharficerink.com
  • Christmas carols with the English Chamber Choir: www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org
  • Crafty Fox Christmas Market: http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.com
  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink: www.nhmskating.com
  • Southbank Centre Christmas Market: www.xmas-markets.com
  • Tower of London Ice Rink: www.toweroflondonicerink.com

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