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When does the Christmas season start?

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When does the Christmas season start?

We would like to visit to see London dressed for Christmas. Would it be possible to get the full effect late November or should we wait until the 1st week of December, or later?

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1. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

Regent Street lights usually get turned on early November. Late Nov is likely to be fairly Christmassy. There's usually a special shopping weekend first or second weekend in December where the road is traffic free.

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2. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

Either time is fine, Christmas lights are usually lit up at the start of November. However, I would personally wait till December because it's closer to Christmas day and therefore feels more real, if that makes sense.

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3. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

I dont think Christmas should start until after Remembrance Sunday

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4. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

You have a point, fuchsia. Primarily from a respect point of view but also to curtail what always seems to be a too long marketing fest.

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5. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

I'd prefer 1 December. However, my local Sainsbury's has mince pies in already.

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6. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

I would wait until the beginning of December if it was me.

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7. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

Looks like maybe the first weekend of December, then. In the States we always started just after Thanksgiving. I've always wondered how the rest of the world knew when to begin. ;)

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8. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is usually placed there in the first week of December.

There are now Christmas cards on sale in the local supermarket.

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9. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

I think my local supermarket has Easter eggs in ...

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10. Re: When does the Christmas season start?

In Dublin, it starts in August.

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