One thing you notice right away when visiting London in mid-November is that the Christmas season is pretty much in full swing. Without the American-only holiday of Thanksgiving as a milepost to pass for permission to go all Christmas, London lights up early and it is spectacular.

Most notably London’s major shopping districts, Oxford Street, Regent Street, etc. are festooned with festive lights as far as the eye can see. It’s a pretty special scene in a city that is already pretty awesome the rest of the year.

Learn more about all the great places to see London’s Christmas lights here.