Carnaby Street in Soho has announced the details of its annual Christmas lights switch on. 

Amendment: The switch on will now take place on November 8 instead of November 2. 

The central London shopping district will launch its annual festive lights spectacle with a shopping and dining party.

On Thursday, November 2, Carnaby traders will offer deals and promotions to mark the start of the West End destination’s popular Christmas illumination alongside a programme of live music and entertainment.

The Resident: The Choose Love pop up will sell pre-loved celebrity rags as well as host an entertainment programmeThe Choose Love pop up will sell pre-loved celebrity rags as well as host an entertainment programme (Image: Carnaby)

Running from 4pm to 8pm, more than 100 brands, restaurants and bars will take part in the evening’s festivities as the entrances of Carnaby Street, from Beak Street and Great Marlborough Street, light up and sparkle with simmering discs and neon lights.

Always a vibrant and dazzling display, the theme for Carnaby Street’s Christmas illuminations this year is Carnaby Universes which will see visitors immersed in a “dynamic and vibrant” display of neon colour and light waves that create a “moving vortex” along the shopping and dining strip.

Entry to the shopping and dining party is free, however visitors can register for downloadable tickets to access offers and promotions.

Participating shops and vendors include Monki, Benefit, Rixo and Ray-Ban, while Nightjar, INO, Shorhu are among the participating bars and restaurants.

To register for tickets, visit while more information of participating traders can be found at

For the fourth consecutive year, Carnaby Street will partner with Choose Love for the event. The charity, with helps raise fund to support refugees, will launch Choose Love Boutique on November 2 which will sell donated fashion from celebrities alongside high-end brand contributions across fashion, beauty and home.

From November 22, the store will transform into Choose Love Shop, stocking essential supplies and life saving interventions for refugees and displaced people, as well as hosting craft sessions, film screenings, live music and family events as part of a wider entertainment programme.