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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London prepares for Christmas light switch-on

29th October 2013

There's never a bad time of year to visit London, but the Christmas period is always particularly special in the capital, with the whole city becoming infused with a festive spirit and charm that simply can't be beat anywhere else in the world.

If you want to get a taste of this then your best bet is to make sure you're in the West End on November 9th to see London's famous Christmas lights being turned on.

The big switch-on will be hosted by radio and television personality Jamie Theakston and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, with a number of other celebrities set to be present as well.

Taking place on Regents Street, the countdown to the moment itself will feature a wonderful pyrotechnic display, with the whole event being sponsored by 20th Century Fox Dreamworks.

In fact, the theme of this year's lighting arrangement will be Dreamworks's new film Mr Peabody, which is set to hit UK cinemas in February, and with the studio having previously produced movies such as Shrek, you can be pretty sure that London's 2013 Christmas lights are going to be truly spectacular.

Lights will run along the length of Regents Street and Oxford Street, with a customary Christmas tree being erected in Trafalgar Square, making the city centre a wonderfully festive place to be during the final two months or so of the year.

Regents Street runs from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus and is home to a number of the capital's most popular shops, including the flagship Apple Store and Hamleys, so it's also a great place to come to snap up all the gifts on your Christmas list or to simply indulge in a bit of window shopping.

A Winter Wonderland funfair will also be set up in Hyde Park this Christmas, so if you don't fancy immersing yourself in the crowds on London's busiest commercial streets then there'll still be plenty of festive activities for you to get involved in.

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