Sustainable Christmas Lights Illuminate Marylebone

In a festive and sustainable celebration of the Christmas season, Marylebone Village, located in the heart of central London, recently introduced its eco-friendly Christmas lights display.

This dazzling spectacle, crafted from an impressive 19,269 recycled plastic bottles, will brighten the streets and hearts of Londoners. The grand unveiling, known as the ‘Merry Marylebone’ festive switch-on event, is scheduled for Thursday, 9th November 2023, running from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Illuminating Sustainability with Christmas Lights

The central London destination of Marylebone Village has embarked on a journey to champion sustainability this holiday season. The innovative Christmas lights display, masterfully designed by Blachere Illumination, is a testament to their commitment to the environment. The display’s core, comprising 19,269 recycled plastic bottles, delivers an illuminating message: conservation and celebration can go hand in hand.

On the evening of Thursday, 9th November 2023, Marylebone Village will come alive with its ‘Merry Marylebone’ festive switch-on event. The event is being organized by the Howard de Walden Estate in support of the mental health charity partner, Mind Brent, Wandsworth, and Westminster. BBC London’s very own Jo Good will grace the Devonshire Street stage to host the grand switch-on at 6 pm, with an exciting celebrity guest soon to be announced.

A Night to Remember

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in an unforgettable evening of late-night shopping, exploration of market stalls, and the serenading notes of roaming musicians. A wide range of seasonal activities will keep the spirit of Christmas alive, including:

  • Santa’s Grotto: A magical experience for children and adults alike.
  • Ferris Wheel: Enjoy breathtaking views of the festive surroundings.
  • Charity Tombola: Try your luck and win fantastic prizes.
  • Festive Polaroid Photography: Capture your cherished moments.
  • Wreath-Making Workshops: Unleash your creativity (£10 per person).
  • Christmas Candle Painting Workshops: Craft your own festive masterpiece (£25 per person).

Marylebone Village will be adorned with over 30 stalls offering an array of culinary delights, drinks, and unique gifts. From Viennese dishes at Fischer’s to hot chocolate and mulled wine from Nathalie’s, Italian-style mince pies from Caldesi, lobster rolls from Aubaine, and French wines and champagne from Le Vieux Comptoir, the food offerings are sure to delight. Don’t forget to explore festive deli products from Lina Stores and find the perfect gift at KOBIRD and JOTT.

Exclusive Promotions and Experiences

Visitors can indulge in exclusive promotions and experiences from various retailers, foodie hotspots, and wellness brands:

  • AMP: Challenge yourself with AMP Athletic’s exercise challenges.
  • Bayley & Sage: Savor Bayley & Sage’s favourite festive wines this winter season.
  • David Mellor: Enjoy a 20% discount on David Mellor designs in-store.
  • Designers Guild: Treat yourself to fizz and panettone in-store, and receive a free gift with purchases over £200.
  • Dinny Hall: Shop with a 20% discount and enjoy a glass of bubbles.
  • Rixo: Grab a hot chocolate from Rixo’s outdoor cart.
  • Theory: Sip on drinks in-store and take home a complimentary candle or personalized embroidery with every purchase.
  • The Ivy Café: Dine at the restaurant and savour a complimentary glass of champagne.
  • Margaret Dabbs London: Enjoy 20% off all products in-store, take your chances in the tombola, and relish in mince pies and prosecco.
  • 108 Brasserie: Experience live music from 7-10 pm and choose from three festive cocktails crafted with Whyte & Mackay, including a Pierre Marcolini Hot Chocolate Cocktail.

Supporting a Worthy Cause

All proceeds from the festive activities, including donations to the Santa’s Grotto and wreath-making workshops, will be dedicated to the charity partner, Mind in Brent Wandsworth and Westminster. The charity Tombola, a perennial favourite, offers participants the chance to win fabulous prizes from various Marylebone Village brands.

Prizes include stays and dinners at esteemed venues like the Botree Hotel, 28-50, Relais de Venise, The Coach Makers Arms, and The Italians. Fashion and foodie gifts, such as a treatment gift card worth over £200 at Margaret Dabbs London and an exclusive Ottolenghi gift tin set, await lucky winners.

Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient Lights

This year’s Christmas lights display is not only a visual spectacle but also a beacon of environmental responsibility. Designed by Blachere Illumination, the lights are made from a staggering 19,269 recycled plastic bottles. Their energy-saving LED system reduces consumption by an impressive 95% compared to conventional lighting. Additionally, the lights’ reduced operation hours save a remarkable 58.2% more energy compared to a system relying solely on street lighting schedules.


Marylebone Village’s ‘Merry Marylebone’ festive switch-on event is set to be a highlight of the 2023 Christmas season, showcasing the perfect blend of sustainability, community spirit, and festive joy. Their commitment to environmental responsibility through the unique Christmas lights display, made from 19,269 recycled plastic bottles, sets an inspiring example for other communities.

Moreover, the event’s support for the mental health charity partner, Mind in Brent Wandsworth and Westminster, underscores their dedication to giving back. Visitors can relish exclusive promotions, delightful activities, and culinary delights, all while contributing to a worthy cause. It’s a celebration that encapsulates the true spirit of Christmas and sets a standard for a more conscious and compassionate festive season. Marylebone Village invites all to join in the merriment and make this holiday season truly special.

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