Christmas Lights Up London

Every year it seems like the festive spirit kicks in too early; the streets are still recovering from the Halloween decorations that adorned them last weekend, but already the time has come to swap pumpkins for fairy lights, and the famous Christmas lights to be switched on in central London.

Thousands of people gathered in the streets last night to get a glimpse of Hollywood star Jim Carrey who was awarded the duty of flicking the switch on Oxford Street last night. He is in to promote the release of his new 3D film ‘A Christmas Carol’ – the latest adaptation of the legendary Charles Dickens Christmas story. Carrey voices the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the animated film, along with several other characters. The 47 year old actor was sporting a full beard and looked quite different from his ‘Ace Venture’ days.

Just down the road in Regent Street was our very own Colin Firth, also a star in the new Disney film. He switched on the Christmas lights simultaneously with Carrey, drawing many female fans. He has previously played the role of the desirable ‘Mr Darcy’ in Pride and Prejudice, and was the leading man in both Bridget Jones films starring alongside Renee Zellweger. His traditional English charm proved to be a hit with many of the women in Great Britain; even some of our Shepherds Bush Escorts turned out to get a glimpse of him.

‘A Christmas Carol’ aired its first showing at three cinemas in Leicester Square as the stars switched on the lights, along with 10 other screenings around the country. It is hoped to be the largest 3D film première ever. The square was covered in festive trimmings, including fake snow and decorations.

Many celebrities showed up for the film première, including the remaining X Factor contestants such as twins John and Edwards Grimes, Stacey Solomon and Danyl Johnson. It was their first chance to walk the red carpet.

Another event that drew in the crowds was a world record attempt held by opera singer Andrea Bocelli, to get the most people singing Christmas Carols at one time. If you live around the area, you could probably hear their attempts!

The major shopping district around Oxford Street and Regent Street is usually the first to get into the festive spirit, as it encourages shoppers to begin their Christmas shopping. The area is bound to be busy every day for the next two months from now on as everyone wrestles their way to the bargains.