Christmas in Carnaby: What’s happening this year?

It just isn’t Christmas until you begin to see twinkling lights hanging from the rooftops, wrapped around poles and sparking in trees! From large to small, they can make any neighborhood look fantastic.

Turning the area into a distinctive winter wonderland celebrated through beauty.

London has always been known to be famous for its light installations that tell the story of Christmas in its brightest and most colorful. This year, however, is different.

In collaboration with ocean conservation charity Project ZERO, this year's light installation is like no other. The iconic Carnaby Street arch is adorned with the powerful message, One Ocean One Planet and the streets are lit up with theatrical underwater scenes and sea creatures.

Sustainability is at the heart of the light installation, with every element using recycled, repurposed or reusable materials including water-based, eco-friendly, vegan paint. Following Christmas, the installation will be donated to Project Zero to be re-used.

Situated just 20mins away from Mowbray Court Hotel, guests can visit Carnaby through any means of transportation and enjoy the visual and culinary wonders it has to offer.

Get ready to be amazed by a spectacular underwater light installation and dive deep into Carnaby’s most popular shops, bars and restaurants, and enjoy THE Christmas experience of the year, with a promise of being kind to the environment!

Carnaby X Project Zero 

Sustainability is at the heart of the Carnaby installation, with every element using recycled, repurposed or reusable materials including water-based, eco-friendly, vegan paint.

This year, prepared to be immersed into a theatrical underwater scene, with each street representing an area of the ocean in need of conservation. Journey through the floating kelp forest, into the bright, pink coral and end in the deep, blue sea.

Carnaby’s iconic arch will shine brightly in shimmer disks and be sure to snap a shot of the globe encased in a clam at the centre of the art with our message, One Ocean One Planet, to highlight the urgent need to protect and restore the ocean to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change and create a sustainable future for life on Earth.

With materials like repurposed fishing netting for green kelp, the light installation also features over 500m of post-use bubbled wrap repurposed for coral and over 1,500 recycled plastic bottles for fish and bubbles. 100% cotton fabrics and over 100L of water-based eco-friendly, vegan paint has been used for the world-first installation. In addition, the power used for the lights is 100% renewably sourced.

All tickets at the shopping party are printed using vegetable based ink and made from made from 100% recycled paper and can be recycled themselves. All of our plastic pint glasses at the bar can also be washed and reused over 100 times. They are fully recyclable whilst they prevent thousands of single-use plastic cups being thrown away.

The Christmas Light Installation will be displayed until the end of December 2019.

Here are some additional things you can do throughout Carnaby that we suggest you visit:

Festive Dining in Carnaby

Carnaby does Christmas like no other, it is the place to be this festive season! The huge variety of restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés will provide you with a break from the Christmas madness along with venue spaces for the perfect Christmas party and unbeatable offers such as free welcome drinks and festive menus!

The Good Egg

Assemble your elves because The Good Egg have a deal that can’t be cracked! Book your party at their spectacular, award-winning venue right in the centre of Soho and The Good Egg will serve you with welcome drinks for free!

Tapas Brindisa

Feliz Navidad! Join Tapas Brindisa and experience that homely Spanish Christmas hospitality. With an unbeatable £45 Tapas Feast, inspired by celebrations and memorable meals that they have hosted in their homes this menu includes a glass of cava, a delicious selection of starters, charcuterie, tapas and dessert to share.

Wright Brothers Soho

There are a few ways to do Christmas but make sure you do it the Wright way. Take your team out of this world for your work Christmas party this year and dine in an enormous lobster cage embedded in the theatre of the open kitchen. With four mouthwatering festive menus to choose from that cater to all types of budgets, you will be the talk of the office for months to come. Crumbs & Doilies.

We, at The Mowbray Hotel, know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where it all happens. We have the latest and greatest list of things to do in London ready for all our guests.

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