It’s been an illuminating tradition since 1959 and for lots of Londoners, it marks the official start of the Christmas season. The switching on of the Oxford Street Christmas Lights draws a huge crowd to central London for an evening of musical performances and that all-important pressing of the magic button which lights up Europe’s largest shopping street. Previous celebrities who have taken centre stage to trigger the lights include Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Richard Branson. The illuminations remain until Twelfth Night (6th January) and provide a spectacular ambience for the thousands of Londoners and tourists going about their Christmas shopping and celebrations.
The switching on of the Oxford Street Christmas Lights is a free event, although the organisers do occasionally partner up with a charity to which you can offer a donation if you like. As the streets will be busy for the event and West Oxford Street will be closed to traffic, check out Transport for London’s Journey Planner to find out the easiest route via public transport. To stay up to date with all of the performances which will be taking place, as well as the unveiling of this year’s chosen celebrity, keep an eye on the official website.
If you’re heading to London for this famous event, make sure you get there early as there is sure to be a large crowd of onlookers. The roads will be closed to traffic from 12pm and there will be plenty of family-orientated activities to get you in the mood for Christmas. There will also be a wide variety of food stalls and even special offers from the Oxford Street shops for this festive occasion. Get ready for a day packed with musical performances, your favourite children’s characters and a super-festive build-up to the Christmas Lights Switch On.
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If you’re planning on visiting London for the Christmas Lights, make sure you spend a few days here to check out a few of the other sights that the city has to offer: from the high street to the independent markets - head to Camden Markets to grab yourself a bargain; while you’re in the area, take the kids to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; and treat yourself to a cruise down the River Thames.
If you’re looking for more information about the switch on of the Christmas Lights, please check out the official website where you’ll be able to find out which celebrity will be switching on the lights and which activities will be taking place.
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