A Very Carnaby Christmas

BATD ON Nov 11, 2009 AT 12:51 pm

Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby Christmas Lights

One of the most fashionable streets in London has kicked off the Christmas season in style. We thought nothing could beat those inflatable snowmen, but we were wrong.  This year they have gone for a 60’s theme to celebrate Carnaby’s 50th Anniversary in 2010. They will carry on with the psychedelic theme throughout the next year to commemorate the whole decade that shaped Carnaby as a London fashion destination.

To celebrate, last night saw the crowds enjoying an open air 60’s disco. Special guests included DJ Eddie Piller from the iconic Acid Jazz label as well as a troupe of go-go dancers. The festive trappings this year include huge inflatables sporting messages of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace, not to mention four hot pink reindeer that are now gracing the scene. Kingly Court will shine all season with light installations and Newburgh Quarter will be adorned with trees in festive 60’s colours.

The 60's disco

The 60's disco

The changing world of the 1960’s certainly helped influence the London scene. Elvis hit the UK while the Beatles hit the US, and fashion was drawing the attention of youth culture in London. Time Magazine managed to name the narrow Carnaby—“crammed with boutiques”—as a home for “swinging London” just in time for Faye Dunaway to flip on the Carnaby Christmas lights in 1967. Who said history wasn’t fabulous?!

Stop by and see the pyschedelic festive scene now.

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