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Where to see the best Christmas lights switch on in Islington

Christmas lights shine along Camden Passage. Credit: Kevin Anderson

The festive season is fast approaching, so it’s time for Islington to get the tinsel out and turn on the sparkling Christmas lights. This year there’s plenty of choice in the borough to see the lights turned on and we’ve got a run-down of the best events in the weeks ahead.

Chapel Market and Angel

The Christmas lights in Angel will be extra festive this year with a new stretch of illuminations down Camden Passage and 40 trees lit up along Upper Street. The Avenue of Lights runs from Angel Tube to Islington Town Hall, and you can watch them being switched on this Saturday at Angel Central. Say hello to Santa, gorge on mince pies and sip on mulled wine while street performers provide the entertainment.

Chapel Market, Angel Central and Camden Passage, Saturday 18 November, switch-on at 5pm.

Whitecross Street

Get your gloves and scarves ready and head to the dazzling Christmas light switch-on at Whitecross Street. Sing along to festive choir tunes and treat yourself to free mince pies, cupcakes and other market goodies. Santa, his elves and children’s poetry storyteller Paul Lyalls will also make a special appearance.

Whitecross Street, Thursday 30 November, switch-on at 4.45pm.


Head to the Nag’s Head Shopping Centre on Saturday 2 December to listen to carols sung by choirs from Grafton Primary School and Holloway SDA church. Selby’s department store will also be giving away prizes, beauty makeovers and food tastings.

Nag’s Head Shopping Centre, Saturday 2 December, from 1pm (switch-on at 4.30pm).

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