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Seasonally Shining Streets of London this Christmas
The words of the song remind us that 'the weather outside is frightful', so just take a look at some of these pictures of the London illuminations this Christmas and cheer yourselves up without venturing out.
As usual, Oxford Street goes overboard with glitter and sparkle. This year's decorations are sponsored by Marmite, which seems a little inappropriate, but at least a gold coloured jar of the stuff that you either love or hate is somewhat festive.
Above the street hang glittery umbrellas and gift boxes, twinkling stars and animated fairies and Santas, as well as the aforementioned jars.
Brollies and Boxes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do You Believe in Fairies?
Santa Claus is Coming to Oxford Street
The shops are all decorated in individually different ways: Selfridges has extravagantly dressed windows and the other major department stores are festooned with glittery lights in shades of gold, silver, multi-coloured ribbon stripes and snowflakes.
Never Mind the Christmas Stockings, Look at that Shoe: One of Selfridge's Windows
Round the corner Regent Street has a more cohesive feel. The theme is The Twelve Days of Christmas and the twelve individual depictions of the verses of the carol are adorned with branches topped with fake snow, or are they reindeer antlers? You tell me.
Twelve Days of Regent Street
Bond Street has adopted a discreetly conservative skyline of snowflakes.
Snowflakes over Bond Street
Carnaby Street's homage to the Rolling Stones, and their gold and silver discs, recalls the Swinging Sixties.
Rock 'n Roll Christmas
In South Molton Street you can walk through a tunnel of Gothic inspired glittering spires.
South Molton Street
Covent Garden is alive with giant suspended globes and disco balls that cast their reflections on the neighbouring buildings. The giant reindeer stands tall on one side of the Piazza again this year and is balanced by an enormous Christmas tree outside St Paul's Church on the other side of the market building.
On the other hand you might want to take your camera into London and post your own Christmassy pictures. Of course you could make it a family outing, but don't forget that kids usually want everything they see, and there's a lot to buy in the shops.