Coca Cola truck 2019 dates: UK Christmas tour locations and schedule in full

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For many, the sight of Coca-Cola's famous Christmas advert signals the start of the festive season. Now the campaign's iconic red truck is touring the country, stopping off in 19 different locations across November and December. The truck will station itself within a "winter wonderland setting" at each location, offering attendees a 150ml Coca-Cola Zero drink, or a personalised glass bottle if they turn up to one of the touring stops at an Asda or Sainsbury's.

There's also a charitable slant to all of this, with Coca-Cola donating 10p to homelessness charity Crisis for every can placed in the recycling bins throughout the tour.

Christmas lights 2019: Best festive displays in the capital

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1/12 London's Christmas lights

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2/12 Oxford Street - November 21

It's the most popular spot in London come Christmas time - and not just with last-minute shoppers frantically looking for presents on Christmas Eve. A brand new design is headed to Oxford Street this year, replacing the orb-based lights that have been a fixture for several years. The new design is made up of 27 LED light curtains, which are 90% more energy efficient than traditional lighting.

The switching-on ceremony on November 27 will see organisers team up with Capital XTRA to host live performances from homegrown musical talent - watch this space.

Oxford Street, W1D 1BS

3/12 Carnaby Street - November 7

Traditionally the first lights to go on display, Carnaby Street is set to switch on its new ocean-themed display at 6pm on November 7. Following last year's spectacular Bohemian Rhapsody-themed lights, this year the theme is focused on sustainability - organisers teaming up with ocean conservation charity Project 0 to create the display using more than 1,500 recycled plastic bottles.

Carnaby St, Soho, W1F 7QS

4/12 South Bank - November 8

The switching-on of the South Bank lights coincides with the launch of the wintertime market, which welcomes visitors from November 8. There'll be charming lights on display all along the waterfront, while the London Eye is also lit up - all in all, it's one of the cosiest places to spend winter nights in the city.

South Bank, SE1

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5/12 Covent Garden - November 12

Covent Garden is always one of the most picturesque spots to spend a winter's evening, and the festival lights are back from November 12 this year. The giant Christmas tree, reindeer installation and mistletoe chandeliers are back, with more than 115,000 lights illuminating the main square.

Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD

6/12 Marylebone Village - November 13

One of the quaintest places to see Christmas lights is Marylebone, with some of the most tasteful displays in central London. The switching on celebrations last all day here on November 13 - Roger Daltrey of the Who turned them on last year, although this year's special guests have yet to be announced.

Marylebone High Street, W1U

7/12 Regent Street - November 14

The West End is spoiled for choice when it comes to festive displays, but Regent Street is right up there with the best of them.

The street will be fully pedestrianised when the Christmas lights go on display, ensuring guests can take in the sights and then shop for gifts without worrying about dodging taxis and Deliveroo drivers. The Christmas angels are already up, but the official switch-on is on November 14.

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8/12 Seven Dials - November 14

Once you've checked out the main Covent Garden lights, the Seven Dials Christmas display is switched on two days later on November 14 from 5pm.

It's not just the displays that guests can look forward to on the launch night either -- those registering for a ticket to the event can enjoy shopping discounts and Christmas workshops on the night.

Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD AFP/Getty Images

9/12 Wembley Park - November 20

One of the most unusual, and Insta-friendly displays is back at Wembley Park this year. Head into the technicolour Sonic Runway, see London's biggest LED Christmas tree and immerse yourself in the light displays from November 20.

Market Square, HA9 0TG

10/12 Kew Gardens - November 20

Kew Gardens is gearing up for another spectacular series of Christmas light displays this year, running from November 20.

Guests can walk a trail around the gardens, encountering enchanting arches and a festive lights show on the water. Twinkling pea-lights are being used to create a special festive atmosphere, while thousands of lasers will light up the side of the conservatory.

Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB Getty Images

11/12 Eccleston Yards - November 28

This charming Belgravia spot is launching a display with a difference inside its courtyard in late November.

The wellness-themed 'Wave' installation from artist Squidsoup - the creative behind Four Tet's spectacular Alexandra Palace shows - is made up of 500 individual orbs, with the different colours designed to energise the body, stimulate happiness and calm heart rates. It could be the most feel-good display in the whole city to check out this year.

Off Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ

12/12 Trafalgar Square - December 5

Norway has gifted London a Christmas tree every year since 1947, and this year they will do again - long may the tradition continue. A freshly cut Norwegian Spruce will sit proudly in Trafalgar Square, adorned with Christmas lights, while the square's fountains also get a festive makeover.

It's one of the final major light displays to be switched on in London, taking place on December 5.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX AFP/Getty Images

1/12 London's Christmas lights

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2/12 Oxford Street - November 21

It's the most popular spot in London come Christmas time - and not just with last-minute shoppers frantically looking for presents on Christmas Eve. A brand new design is headed to Oxford Street this year, replacing the orb-based lights that have been a fixture for several years.

The new design is made up of 27 LED light curtains, which are 90% more energy efficient than traditional lighting. The switching-on ceremony on November 27 will see organisers team up with Capital XTRA to host live performances from homegrown musical talent - watch this space.

Oxford Street, W1D 1BS

3/12 Carnaby Street - November 7

Traditionally the first lights to go on display, Carnaby Street is set to switch on its new ocean-themed display at 6pm on November 7. Following last year's spectacular Bohemian Rhapsody-themed lights, this year the theme is focused on sustainability - organisers teaming up with ocean conservation charity Project 0 to create the display using more than 1,500 recycled plastic bottles.

Carnaby St, Soho, W1F 7QS

4/12 South Bank - November 8

The switching-on of the South Bank lights coincides with the launch of the wintertime market, which welcomes visitors from November 8.

There'll be charming lights on display all along the waterfront, while the London Eye is also lit up - all in all, it's one of the cosiest places to spend winter nights in the city.

South Bank, SE1 Getty Images

5/12 Covent Garden - November 12

Covent Garden is always one of the most picturesque spots to spend a winter's evening, and the festival lights are back from November 12 this year. The giant Christmas tree, reindeer installation and mistletoe chandeliers are back, with more than 115,000 lights illuminating the main square.

Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD

6/12 Marylebone Village - November 13

One of the quaintest places to see Christmas lights is Marylebone, with some of the most tasteful displays in central London.

The switching on celebrations last all day here on November 13 - Roger Daltrey of the Who turned them on last year, although this year's special guests have yet to be announced.

Marylebone High Street, W1U

7/12 Regent Street - November 14

The West End is spoiled for choice when it comes to festive displays, but Regent Street is right up there with the best of them. The street will be fully pedestrianised when the Christmas lights go on display, ensuring guests can take in the sights and then shop for gifts without worrying about dodging taxis and Deliveroo drivers. The Christmas angels are already up, but the official switch-on is on November 14.

Regent Street London, W1B

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8/12 Seven Dials - November 14

Once you've checked out the main Covent Garden lights, the Seven Dials Christmas display is switched on two days later on November 14 from 5pm. It's not just the displays that guests can look forward to on the launch night either -- those registering for a ticket to the event can enjoy shopping discounts and Christmas workshops on the night.

Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD AFP/Getty Images

9/12 Wembley Park - November 20

One of the most unusual, and Insta-friendly displays is back at Wembley Park this year.

Head into the technicolour Sonic Runway, see London's biggest LED Christmas tree and immerse yourself in the light displays from November 20.

Market Square, HA9 0TG

10/12 Kew Gardens - November 20

Kew Gardens is gearing up for another spectacular series of Christmas light displays this year, running from November 20. Guests can walk a trail around the gardens, encountering enchanting arches and a festive lights show on the water. Twinkling pea-lights are being used to create a special festive atmosphere, while thousands of lasers will light up the side of the conservatory.

Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB

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11/12 Eccleston Yards - November 28

This charming Belgravia spot is launching a display with a difference inside its courtyard in late November. The wellness-themed 'Wave' installation from artist Squidsoup - the creative behind Four Tet's spectacular Alexandra Palace shows - is made up of 500 individual orbs, with the different colours designed to energise the body, stimulate happiness and calm heart rates. It could be the most feel-good display in the whole city to check out this year.

Off Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ

12/12 Trafalgar Square - December 5

Norway has gifted London a Christmas tree every year since 1947, and this year they will do again - long may the tradition continue.

A freshly cut Norwegian Spruce will sit proudly in Trafalgar Square, adorned with Christmas lights, while the square's fountains also get a festive makeover.

It's one of the final major light displays to be switched on in London, taking place on December 5.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX

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When will the Coca Cola Christmas truck come to London?

The truck will appear at four different locations across London in December.

  • Tuesday December 3: Asda, Leyton Mill, London, E10 5NH (Open 12-7pm)
  • Wednesday December 4: Asda, Watford, London, WD24 7RT (Open 12-7pm)
  • Tuesday December 10: Sainsbury's Beckton, London, E6 6JF (Open 12-7pm)
  • Sunday December 15: 02 Arena, London, SE10 0DX (12-7pm)

Coca Cola Christmas truck 2019 tour dates

The full list of its scheduled pit-stops can be found below:

  • Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16: 32 Newcraighall Rd, Edinburgh EH15 3RD (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16: 49 The Hayes, St David's Dewi Sant, Cardiff CF10 2ER (Open 11:30am-6:30pm)
  • Tuesday November 19: Asda, Creechbarrow Rd, Taunton TA1 2AN (Open 12-7pm)
  • Thursday November 21: Asda Boldon, North Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Boldon Colliery NE35 9AR (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23: White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds, LS11 8LU (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23: Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG (Open 12-7pm)
  • Wednesday November 27: Asda, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 6AR (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30: Whiteley Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, PO15 7PD (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30: Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA (Open 12-7pm)
  • Monday December 2: Asda Eastlands, Manchester, M11 4BD (Open 12-7pm)
  • Tuesday December 3: Asda, Leyton Mill, London, E10 5NH (Open 12-7pm)
  • Wednesday December 4: Asda, Watford, London, WD24 7RT (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7: Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7: Intu Merry Hill, Dudley, DY5 1QX (Open 12-7pm)
  • Tuesday December 10: Sainsbury's Beckton, London, E6 6JF (Open 12-7pm)
  • Wednesday December 11: Sainsbury's Essex, SS13 1SA (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14: Events Square, Cheshire Oaks, Liverpool, CH65 9JJ (Open 12-7pm)
  • Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14: Intu Lakeside, RM20 2ZP (Open 12-7pm)
  • Sunday December 15: 02 Arena, London, SE10 0DX (12-7pm)

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