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article imagePhoto essay: Christmas in London Special

By Tim Sandle     Dec 22, 2015 in Travel
London - Many cities look impressive this time of year, decorated with lights and trees in celebration of Christmas. London is particularly impressive, as this Digital Journal photo essay reveals.
Starting at one of London's most magnificent railway stations - St. Pancras - which itself is an interesting, Gothic Grade I listed building located on Euston Road, there is a Christmas tree with a difference. The tree is made up entirely of Disney toys.
Several characters from Disney’s most popular shows make up the spectacular creation.
Several characters from Disney’s most popular shows make up the spectacular creation.
Standing at 14 meters high, the tree is dusted with snowflakes every four minutes to create a festive atmosphere.
The magical tree has been created using 2 000 individual Disney Store soft toys. After Christmas all...
The magical tree has been created using 2,000 individual Disney Store soft toys. After Christmas all toys will be donated to charity.
Other parts of the station are also pleasantly decorated.
A long garland high up at St. Pancras station in London.
A long garland high up at St. Pancras station in London.
Nearby inside the Renaissance Hotel, the bar area boasts a more traditional fur tree.
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel; part of the hotel was designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1873...
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel; part of the hotel was designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1873. Today the cocktail bar has an impressive, traditional Christmas tree.
Elsewhere in the hotel, small Christmas tress are located on tables.
The Christmas tree is a tradition that owes its popularity in part to the popular British Queen Vict...
The Christmas tree is a tradition that owes its popularity in part to the popular British Queen Victoria.
Moving to another part of London, the streets of Wembley are lit in a contemporary style. These lights are located close to Wembley stadium.
Christmas lights at Wembley  London. The prime landmark in the area is Wembley Stadium  rebuilt 2003...
Christmas lights at Wembley, London. The prime landmark in the area is Wembley Stadium, rebuilt 2003-2007 at a cost of £827 million.
Then across the city again to the famous international dance theater Sadler's Wells. Here a Christmas tree, in rich red decor, stands in the foyer.
A Christmas tree at Sadler s Wells. Sadler s Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue located in Ros...
A Christmas tree at Sadler's Wells. Sadler's Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue located in Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington.
Further up is London's biggest and brightest shopping street - Oxford Street. Each year the lights are very different. Here's a glimpse at this year's offering.
The Christmas lights of Oxford Street.  It is Europe s busiest shopping street  with around half a m...
The Christmas lights of Oxford Street. It is Europe's busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors.
Now we move to the center of London and step down into the crypts of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The church is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The crypt houses a café which hosts jazz concerts. As expected for this time of year, it has several Christmas trees.
A Christmas tree in the church crypt. The crypt is also home to the London Brass Rubbing Center  an ...
A Christmas tree in the church crypt. The crypt is also home to the London Brass Rubbing Center, an art gallery and a book and gift shop.
Across the road from the church is the famous Trafalgar Square, the site of many a protest or gathering in London. Each year the square has a Christmas tree from Norway. The tree has been donated to the people of Britain by the city of Oslo each year since 1947, as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War.
The tree is prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square from the beginning of December until 6 January...
The tree is prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square from the beginning of December until 6 January.
Nearby, Chanukah is also celebrated.
The Jewish Festival of Lights is also acknowledged in central London.
The Jewish Festival of Lights is also acknowledged in central London.
While the tree is impressive, the one at Covent Garden is altogether more spectacular.
Covent Garden is a popular tourist hot spot. It containins cafes  pubs  small shops  and a craft mar...
Covent Garden is a popular tourist hot spot. It containins cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market called the Apple Market.
There are various light sculptures of interest, such as the archetypal reindeer.
Christmas in Covent Garden  an illuminated reindeer.
Christmas in Covent Garden, an illuminated reindeer.
All around there are prettily decorated streets and shops.
A Covent Garden street decorated for Christmas. The Covent Garden area has over 60 pubs and bars; se...
A Covent Garden street decorated for Christmas. The Covent Garden area has over 60 pubs and bars; several of them are listed buildings.
The Tea Shop at Covent Garden is decorated for Christmas.
The Tea Shop at Covent Garden is decorated for Christmas.
Lights in all directions  a street full of people making Christmas merry in London.
Lights in all directions, a street full of people making Christmas merry in London.
In other parts of London, both inside and outside, both winter and Christmas are marked.
Inside a Thai restaurant in London. This display perhaps marks the winter solstice. Winter solstice ...
Inside a Thai restaurant in London. This display perhaps marks the winter solstice. Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
A Christmas tree in a cosy  traditional looking London pub called the Inn Of Court.
A Christmas tree in a cosy, traditional looking London pub called the Inn Of Court.
These picture give only a taste of what London has to offer this time of year. London at Christmas has plenty of seasonal magic.
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