Oxford Street leads festive light switch-on as London gets into spirit

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Oxford Street leads festive light switch-on as London gets into the Yuletide spirit

  • In a simultaneous event, Christmas displays across the capital were illuminated together after a countdown
  • Some of London’s most iconic streets, including Oxford Street, Regent Street and Leicester Sq, were lit up
  • 总共 20 streets in the West End had their lights switched on at the same time by Lord Mayor of Westminster
  • 伦敦 has kicked off its 圣诞 festivities with the world’s largest light switch-on in a co-ordinated event which saw tourist hotspots illuminated all at once.

    The capital’s most well-known thoroughfares including Mayfair, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square have been decked with over one million LED lights ahead of Christmas.

    Shoppers buying their loved ones gifts from Oxford Street and Regent Street are also able to see the lights from Friday.

    总共 20 streets across the city’s West End all had their lights switched on at the same time by the Lord Mayor of Westminster to mark the beginning of the festive season.

    London has kicked off its Christmas festivities with the world's largest light switch-on. 图为: Regent Street in London

    London has kicked off its Christmas festivities with the world’s largest light switch-on. 图为: Regent Street in London

    It was the first time ever that all the lights across 10 of the most famous streets in London were switched on at once

    It was the first time ever that all the lights across 10 of the most famous streets in London were switched on at once

    Some of the most famous streets in London were illuminated in the world's largest festive light switch on

    Fortnum and Mason lights up

    Shoppers buying their loved ones gifts from Oxford Street and Regent Street are also able to see the lights from Friday. 图为: Fortnum and Mason (右图) was lit up in festive red while twinkly lights were illuminated in Oxford Street

    总共 20 streets across the city's West End all had their lights switched on at the same time by the Lord Mayor of Westminster to mark the beginning of the festive season. 图为: South Molton Street in Mayfair was bathed in wintry blue

    总共 20 streets across the city’s West End all had their lights switched on at the same time by the Lord Mayor of Westminster to mark the beginning of the festive season. 图为: South Molton Street in Mayfair was bathed in wintry blue

    图为: Christmas lights on Oxford Street were made up of glowing gold stars and silver streams when they were lit up

    图为: Christmas lights on Oxford Street were made up of glowing gold stars and silver streams when they were lit up

    图为: Cast members of 'And Juliet', and staff from John Lewis, Hamleys and Fortnums and Mason at Piccadilly, as the Christmas lights are switched-on across the whole of London's West End district at the same time this evening

    图为: Cast members of ‘And Juliet’, and staff from John Lewis, Hamleys and Fortnums and Mason at Piccadilly, as the Christmas lights are switched-on across the whole of London’s West End district at the same time this evening

    Photos and videos taken of the switch-on were shared on social media.

    One person tweeted: ‘London’s West End Christmas lights are officially on! A fantastic evening in the West End tonight for the world’s biggest ever Christmas lights switch-on.

    萨迪克·汗, the Mayor of London, 说过: ‘London is the greatest city in the world and I’m thrilled that this year the West End is hosting the largest Christmas lights switch-on ever seen.

    ‘From our world-class shops, attractions, arts, and culture to our incredible bars and restaurantsall of which will be sparkling under more than a million lightsthere is so much to see and do this festive season.

    It was the first festive light switch on in London in two years after last year was cancelled due to Covid. 图为: Bond Street

    It was the first festive light switch on in London in two years after last year was cancelled due to Covid. 图为: Bond Street

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was hoping the festive spirit would help London recover from the impact of Covid and urged Londoners and visitors to come and see the amazing lights and support the hospitality to continue to bounce back

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was hoping the festive spirit would help London recover from the impact of Covid and urged Londoners and visitors to come and see the amazing lights and support the hospitality to continue to bounce back

    Staff from Hamleys and Fortnum and Masons celebrate West End Christmas with combined switch on of lights simultaneously on Oxford Street, Regent Street, South Molton Street, Bond Street, 菲儿, Piccadilly Circus, St James' and Leicester Square

    Staff from Hamleys and Fortnum and Masons celebrate West End Christmas with combined switch on of lights simultaneously on Oxford Street, Regent Street, South Molton Street, Bond Street, 菲儿, Piccadilly Circus, St Jamesand Leicester Square

    London's Leicester Square was one of 20 streets in the capital to see it's festive lights switched on this evening

    London’s Leicester Square was one of 20 streets in the capital to see it’s festive lights switched on this evening

    ‘With just six weeks to go until Christmas, I’m urging Londoners and visitors to enjoy the best our capital has to offer, see the amazing lights and support our hospitality to continue to bounce back.

    Ros Morgan, a spokesperson for London’s West End, 说过: ‘Tonight marked a landmark moment for London’s West End as 20 iconic streets came together to mark the start of Christmas.

    ‘Having lost out on Christmas last year, 2021 has to be about getting the chance to really cherish that joy that you get in the lead-up to Christmas and where better to do this than the West End?’

    As part of the event, Hamleys toy shop brought the red carpet out to mark the occasion with special surprise performances, including an appearance from X-Factor’s chart-topping Grace Davies.

    Making a return from 2020, the winged ‘Spiritilluminations will showcase the beautiful bright and festive scene that is Regent Street at Christmas, with Hamleys as the focal point.

    Sumeet Yadav, CEO, Hamleys, 说过: ‘The Regent Street Christmas Lights bring visitors from far and wide every year, and we are so looking forward to showcasing the magic of Hamleys at Christmas with our very own elves and a fantastic selection of performances alongside the ‘SpiritIlluminations.

    ‘We can’t wait to welcome families in store for the best view, and festive experiences in London.

    The Lights Switch On Celebration was opened by singer Joe Palmer, and followed with The London Philharmonic Choir, serenading shoppers with Christmas Carols. Following Grace Davies, closing the celebration, 19 year old Grace Holden, runner up of The Voice 2020, wowed the crowds with her set of festive songs.

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