London is a big city that likes to get sparkly at Christmas. You can\u2019t squeeze in every festive display in one evening, so we bring you \u2018The Twelve Stars of Christmas\u2019 - a walking route that includes the essential street lights, window displays and a couple of super-Christmassy shops, finishing at the perfect spot for dinner or drinks. It won\u2019t be a surprise that most of the stops have serious Christmas shopping opportunities but we've thrown in a couple of specific recommendations, along with tips for refuelling as you go \u2013 whether you are after a meal, Christmassy cocktails or a warming hot chocolate. The whole route should take just over an hour at a relaxed pace, so probably allow an hour and a half to include photos (you could begin your walk at stop 5, Fortnum & Mason, for a shorter walk of about 45 minutes). Check out our guide to London Apps for recommended navigation apps to guide you. 1. Somerset House If you\u2019re planning on a bit of festive outdoor skating against a picturesque London backdrop, or perhaps just soaking up the Christmas rom-com vibes of couples hand-in-hand on the ice, then this should be your starting point. There\u2019s also a huge Christmas tree at one end of the rink to start your selfie journey. Walk: 9 minutes 2. Covent Garden Piazza The Covent Garden decorations are always spectacular, with the tree one of the biggest and brightest in town. This year the market will be adorned with over 50 giant golden bells and baubles, plus spinning disco balls and an actual sleigh for selfies. Shopping opportunities are endless. For drinks on the piazza, Dirty Martini usually do fun, festive-themed cocktails, and have one of the best happy hour schemes around. We also love underground tiki bar El Ta\u2019koy, where you can book ahead for an hour of bottomless tacos and margs. More of a sweet tooth? Try a next-level hot chocolate from Knoops, or Whittards of Chelsea. Walk: 7 minutes 3. Seven Dials Decorations here are charmingly low-key and old-school, with real trees in tubs along Neal\u2019s Yard tunnel and simple strings of lights across the streets. It\u2019s all very Dickens \u2018A Christmas Carol\u2019 and absolutely worth a visit. Walk: 11 minutes 4. Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street This gives you one of the best views of the soaring Regent Street \u2018Spirit of Christmas\u2019 lights, one of our absolute favourites. Anything that can make you pause for a moment of reflection in the midst of one of the busiest shopping areas in the world is worth appreciating. If you want to shorten the walk, there is another great opportunity to see these later, so you can start from the next stop. Walk: 5 minutes 5. Fortnum & Mason Whilst not technically Christmas illuminations, Fortnums are famous for turning the whole shop fa\u00e7ade into a giant advent calendar and for their Christmas window displays, which we think are part and parcel of a festive lights experience. This year the theme is \u2018Where Christmas Comes Alive!\u2019 and shows Fortnums favourites coming to life on Christmas Eve, including champagne bottles sweeping down a staircase, dancing cakes, biscuit tins in party hats and decorations sliding down banisters. It\u2019s worth popping inside for a quick look at the lavish decorations throughout the store - we're just going to say dancing puddings - and the great gift options in their iconic food department. Their hampers are legendary (but perhaps a tad pricey for the average Cheapo); we recommend their huge range of teas and biscuits, available in gorgeous tins designed to treasure. Feeling chilly? Fortnum\u2019s Parlour does fabulously indulgent hot chocolate. Walk: 3 minutes 6. Old Bond Street Last year\u2019s impressive coronation-inspired \u2018Crown Jewels\u2019 lights are back, almost outshining the glitzy designer shops along this exclusive street. Window displays to look out for as you walk include Cartier, which has a red airship floating in the clouds in front of the store, and Gucci with their signature bit motif. Walk: 8 minutes 7. Savile Row New for 2023, we love the classic elegance of these \u2018tailoring shears and ribbon\u2019 lights. It\u2019s an imaginative way to highlight London\u2019s traditional areas for different skills and trades; it would be fabulous if other similarly famous areas picked this up. Walk: back to Old Bond Street and follow it along (checking out the window displays as you go) until it becomes New Bond Street, about 5 minutes 8. New Bond Street Window displays to look out for as you walk include Ralph Lauren, with the traditional Ralph Lauren Giving Tree (where you can dedicate a star to a loved one by donating to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity) and matching wreaths on the shop front. Also don't miss Dior with its beautiful, glittering butterfly-themed display and Chanel's scattered stars. Walk: along New Bond Street, around 7 minutes, then to Oxford Street, 4 minutes 9. Oxford Street The classic \u2018Sky Full of Stars\u2019 Oxford Street lights are back for 2023; this year you can sponsor a star (or make an immediate donation, see below) to help the Starlight children\u2019s charity make Christmas a little brighter for children in hospital. If you'd like to include the window display at Selfridges, it's a 15-minute round trip down Oxford Street. This year the theme is It\u2019s Showtime, with ten of your most-loved Christmas characters transported to magical theatre settings complete with stage directions; expect a Christmas tree diva, a choir of angels and a stand-up snowman. Head back up Oxford Street to South Molton Street and snap a selfie with the Starlight Faerie, and tap your card or phone to donate directly. Cheapo Top Tip: You may be loving the buzz, but if you've had enough of the Oxford Street crowds you can carry on down South Molton Street, which is also beautifully lit, and then along Brook Street and Hanover Street to the next stop. Walk: 6 minutes (plus 15 mins if you went to Selfridges) 10. Liberty Save time for a wander through Liberty\u2019s wonderful timbered, multi-level maze; it is so much more than a shop and particularly gorgeous at Christmas. If you are looking for glamorous Christmas ornaments, this is your Aladdin\u2019s cave. Walk: 3 minutes 11. Hamleys Proper grown-ups, you can skip this stop. For all the other big kids out there \u2013 this is the greatest toyshop in the world, at the most magical time of the year. Walk: 3 minutes 12. Carnaby Carnaby is always a riot of colour and they usually go all out at Christmas; this year they are celebrating the Carnaby Universe. Carnaby is full of indie boutiques for the cool kids and has a number of Christmas pop-ups. Kingly Court is a fairylit courtyard surrounded by three floors of great places to eat and drink. Renowned chef Asma Khan\u2019s Darjeeling Express is here, as is Imad\u2019s Syrian Kitchen, Le Bab, Dirty Bones, Pizza Pilgrims and Shoryu. Thirsty Cheapos can go back to the 1940s at the immersive bar Cahoots, stay classy at Disrepute or get rowdy at Rum Kitchen. Merry Christmas Cheapos! Tag us @LondonCheapo in your Instagram pics, and let us know if you think there are any more lights that should be on the list!