This year Singer Rita Ora switched on the whole of Oxford Street. As Rita was along Matt Terry and boy band 5 After Midnight who performed for the those attended.
Every year at this time of the year in November, London becomes all Christmas festive as lights as London’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street switches on their winter lights for the winter period.
Last night on the 7th November, the roads were blocked for a short period as Oxford Street gathered thousands as they’re watched live on stage or on screens presented across the streets for #OxStLightsOn for the official switch.
Before the switch, Capital One presenter presented Matt Terry winner of the earlier X-Factor on stage performed his hit single live on stage, alongside boy band 5 After Midnight.
Around 6:15 pm Matt Terry, 5 After Midnight and the well-known Singer ‘Rita Ora’ pushed the official button on the stage, which switched on the magically looking street lights on Oxford Street.
The streets and shopping malls on London’s Oxford Street now look very Christmas season as hundreds of people stopped in the middle of the roads to capture these magical moments.
I also gathered lots of these stunning LED lights across the lights and shops on my Sony camera. I thought John Lewis store lights looked incredible as it had really bright lights, which really stood out for me.
This year the theme displayed was in support of the NSPCC, a children’s charity. The whole street display is lit up with 1,778 decorations and about 750,000 bright LED lights. As NSPCC and Sky Cinema partnered up to create ‘Light up Christmas for Children’, a campaign to raise and give children in need a brighter future.
On the 9th November, Carnaby Street lights in London was next switched on. As there were hundreds of people who turned up for to see a spectacular tropical display along with widely known DJ Norman Jay who switched on the lights on the streets of Carnaby. People also got to witness the parade of carnival dancers, despite the freezing temperatures. These lights will stay until January giving visitors plenty of time to witness both the Oxford Street and Carnaby lights.
This time of the year everyone loves the spirit and have always wanted to capture those magical winter moments as the city looks the prettiest during the winter period.
Video clip the moment when Rita Ora and Matt press the famous button to switch on the lights at London’s Oxford Street.
Finally, on the 16th November, there were two more area’s, where lights were switched on for the duration of Christmas period. Regent Street and Seven Dials had their astonishing display turned on. However, I attended the Regent Street and the angel lights display were truly stunning to witness. You must go see for yourself during the night as its spectacular the colours.
Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith performed their hit singles live for those hundreds of those attended last night. After that, it was time for the official lights being switched on after 6 pm. Walking on the road of Regent Street was mesmerising as the street looked really pretty and bright. I managed to capture lots to showcase here on the blog and Instagram.
Hope you all like it as I certainly enjoyed taking them.
Regent Street in London will once again be packed, with adults and children queuing up to see their favourite cartoon characters, as Hamley’s Toy Parade takes place this upcoming Sunday 19th Nov.
They were many other spectacular displays across London such as Fitzrovia, Covent Garden, Harrods and The Shard. As there is only one of me to go around, I couldn’t make it in each place, but hopefully next time I can share other places experience 🙂
What are your favourite seasons of the year? I probably say mine would be the winter season. As it’s my birthday month and there’s always lots to capture and see as well as sharing them all with you.