Christmas has ARRIVED in Soho!

WHEN: From 8 November 2021
ENTRY: FREE


The children from Soho Parish School are bringing you the most magical Christmas yet…

The Soho Christmas lights have a unique theme this year involving the community. The installations have been designed by children from Soho Parish School under the direction of architect and RIBA Architecture Ambassador Antonio Capelao and will light up our vibrant streets this Christmas from 8 November.

The creative and unique light designs which are hand drawn by the children of Soho Parish School, range from snowmen and christmas trees to baubles and reindeer.  The heartwarming light installations show what it is like to experience Christmas through children’s eyes. 

Antonio Capelao, architect and RIBA Architecture Ambassador, worked alongside, Hannah Peaty, art lead at Soho Parish School, and local Soho florist, Joao Rocha of Storm Flowers London, to create 21 lighting panels for this special project. 

Soho Parish School held a competition to choose the Christmas designs, the judging panel included The Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA, The National Gallery, Shaftesbury, St Anne’s Church, architect and RIBA Architecture Ambassador Antonio Capelao, Storm Flowers London and Soho Ward Councillors alongside ex pupils from the school.


Explore the renowned streets of Soho and discover the unique Christmas light display. Follow the map and walk the Christmas trail  here .


Sponsors that helped this happen include Westminster City Council, Shaftesbury, Soho Estates, Conway and Broadwick Soho. 
Special thanks: The National Gallery, RIBA Architecture.com, St. Anne’s Church, Soho, Sister London, Soho Business Alliance, Soho Parish Primary School, Storm Flowers Garden, Antonio Capelao Architecture, This Is Soho, Ham Yard Hotel, Flat White Soho and Archer Street Soho.

Find out how you can support and donate to Soho Parish School  here .

 

 

Christmas Light Trail 

 

1.

Name: Celine
Age: 9

Archer Street

“When I was doing the workshop I felt excited but also nervous in case I didn’t win. I would be so proud of myself if I won! This project is a good opportunity for us to express our creativity. I designed this to include our school logo so it can welcome people to our school."

This design received an award from RIBA for most powerful message of togetherness and positivity.

Sponsored by Archer Street Bar

2.

Name: Sheena
Age: 11

Windmill Street

3.

Name: Eleanor
Age: 11

Brewer Street

"If my design became a light panel I would feel excited!"

 

4.

Name: Isla
Age: 10

Brewer Street
 
“At Christmas, you need to spread happiness. So with this in mind, I designed my Snowman as I really wanted to make people happy. It is a great opportunity to have our art for the Christmas Lights project displayed around the school, so the range of our creativity can be shared with all of our community.”

5.

Name: Yujin
Age: 7

Brewer Street

"I was happy during the workshop as I love drawing and would love to see my artwork in lights. Everyone will enjoy seeing it."

6.

Name: Adam
Age: 6

Wardour Street

‘My picture is of an angel as there were angels when Jesus was born. It’s a singing angel as they are happy."

7.

Name: Coco
Age: 7

Wardour Street

"The workshop was positive and it would be so good if my design won. The artwork might inspire children who don’t believe in Santa to believe in him. I drew a Christmas mummy and baby penguin because I love penguins!"

8.

Name:  Holly
Age: 5

Berwick Street

 

9.

Name: Liana
Age: 5

Berwick Street

 

10.

Name: Vivian
Age: 5

Broadwick Street

"I drew a funny pineapple wearing a top. I like pineapples and think they are good treats."

11.

Name: Ziggy
Age: 7

Broadwick Street

"I felt really happy during the workshop and would really enjoy my drawing becoming a light panel. Everyone loved taking part in this!’

12.

Name: Jouri
Age: 7

Dean Street

 

"I felt happy and excited while I was doing my drawing. If I won I would feel
appreciated and famous to have my drawing made into a light. It helps children to have imagination. I drew an angel- her halo makes everything bright!"

13.

Name: Jaydae
Age: 5

Frith Street

"I drew a Christmas star as they shine brightly."

14.

Name: Toulouse
Age: 8

Greek Street

 

"I would be really excited to have my design up in lights and would be proud of myself. The competition helps us to use our imagination for this joyful time in the year. I drew a reindeer as it might remind children of old Christmas stories."

15.

Name: Soul
Age: 7

Soho Square

Sponsored by The French House

16.

Name: Sereen
Age: 6

Soho Square 

"Snowmen are cold like winter. I like making snowmen."

This design received an award from RIBA for most thoughtful consideration of materials and impactful design (joint award).

17.

Name: Archie
Age: 10

Soho Square

"I really like Robins- they represent Christmas but on the more natural side. I
would feel really proud of myself if I won!"

18.

Name: Aryana
Age: 8

Dean Street

"I would be really excited to have my design up in lights and would be proud of myself’. The competition helps us to use our imagination for this joyful time in the year. I drew a reindeer as it might remind children of old Christmas stories."

19.

Name: Tahira
Age: 10

Dean Street

"I chose this design as it represents what Christmas means to me- feeling cosy and a time for family to spend time together. The little cottage represents that and it’s held in a Christmas decoration."

This design received an award from RIBA for most thoughtful consideration of materials and impactful design (joint award).

20.

Name: Esme
Age: 8

Dean Street

"I felt very confident during the workshop that I could accomplish it. The competition inspires children to get creative and I would be so excited if I won. I drew a star as I wanted to show everyone that they can be a light for others."

This design received an award from RIBA for most thoughtful consideration of materials and impactful design (joint award).

21.

Name: Kayley 
Age: 11

Dean Street

This design received an award from RIBA for most thoughtful consideration of materials and impactful design (joint award)

 

If you're looking to see in the small hours sipping on cocktails or midnight feasting, you’re in luck. Berwick Street is filled with plenty of activity for night owls...