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Christmas Lights in London in 2004

The pictures below were are of the Christmas lights in London in 2004.
For pictures of this year's lights, see: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights

2004 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Oxford Street

The ceremony for the switching on of the Oxford Street lights took place outside Selfridges.
The theme for the lights was London's bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone gave a short speech in support of London's bid.

Jono and Harriet from radio station
Heart 106.2 host the event

Former London Mayor:
Ken Livingstone

5 Olympic gold medalists appeared on stage.
Sir Steve Redgrave has won 4 Olympic gold medals for rowing.
The 4x100m sprint relay squad won gold medals in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Olympic gold medalists: 4x100m Sprint Relay Squad

Sir Steve Redgrave

The lights represent the colours of
the Olympic rings

After the lights have been turned on
"snow" falls down onto the spectators

Emma Watson (who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films) also appeared. The DVD to the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released soon. There is a light display each night during which the lights move to the sound of the film's soundtrack.

Emma Watson: she is Harry's friend ...

... Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2 DVDs)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Date: November 2004
Video version

Harry Potter Six Disc Box Set (6 DVDs)
(The Philosopher's Stone / The Chamber of Secrets / The Prisoner of Azkaban)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Date: November 2004

Il Divo - a new operatic vocal group produced by Simon Cowell - performed "O Holy Night" and "Unbreak My Heart (Regresa A Mi)". Their powerful voices and good looks have taken them to the top of the album chart in the UK. After performing they went to greet some of their fans and to sign autographs.

Urs Buhler

Carlos Marin

David Miller (left) (American)
Sebastien Izambard (right) (French)

Il Divo (CD album)
Artist: Il Divo
Label: S Records
Date: November 2004

Il Divo: Unbreak My Heart (Regressa A Mi) (DVD)
Artist: Il Divo
Studio: BMG Music
Date: December 2004

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2004 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Regent Street

In 2004 the theme of the Regent Street lights is the film The Incredibles.

The actor Samuel L Jackson, who provides the voices one of the character Frozone in "The Incredibles", appeared on stage.

The lights were turned on by the British boy band Busted, who also performed several of their hit records.
A screen was set up on Regent Street to allow the large crowds to see the stage.

Samuel L Jackson


Live: A Ticket For Everyone (CD album)
Artist: Busted
Label: Island
Date: November 2004


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2004 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Bond Street

The 2004 Bond Street Christmas Lights were turned on by Trinny and Susannah (Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine), presenters of the popular BBC television series "What Not To Wear". A choir sang Christmas carols, and a jazz band performed.

Trinny and Susannah ...

... turn on the Bond Street Christmas lights

A jazz band performs

Panthers at Cartier's jewellery store


Shopping in Bond Street

What You Wear Can Change Your Life
Authors: Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date: September 2004

What Not to Wear
Authors: Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date: July 2003
What Not to Wear part 2 (June 2004)

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2004 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Norwegian Christmas Tree, Trafalgar Square

The Norwegian Christmas Tree is an annual gift from the people of Norway: the tree is chosen specially from the forests around Oslo. It is given to thank Britain for supporting Norway during the Second World War: the King of Norway went to London after the country was occupied by Germany, and set up a "government in exile" here before returning to his country after the war had ended. The tree is therefore not just a decoration, but a symbol of peace and of friendship.

There is a short ceremony each year in Trafalgar Square, usually shortly after Advent Sunday. A choir sings carols, there are some short speeches by the mayors of Oslo and Westminster, and the Christmas tree lights are turned on. The lights on the tree are all white, which is the tradition in Norway. The fountains in the square are then turned on.

The choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields sings Christmas carols ...

... before the tree is lit ...

... and the Trafalgar Square fountains are turned on.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Lights in London: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights
Christmas Lights in 2010: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2010
Christmas Lights in 2009: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2009
Christmas Lights in 2008: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2008
Christmas Lights in 2007: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2007
Christmas Lights in 2006: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2006
Christmas Lights in 2005: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2005
Christmas Lights in 2003: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2003
Christmas Lights in 2002: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2002

British Christmas traditions: Ideas/Album/Christmas
Lincoln Christmas Market: Travel/Tours/England/Lincoln
Ideas for Christmas presents: Ideas/Gifts/Christmas
Making a Christmas cake: Britain/Food/Cooking/ChristmasCake

Victory parade of British medal winners at the 2004 Olympic Games: Ideas/Album/ParadeOfTheHeroes
British and Irish pop music: Britain/Music
Events in the UK in November: Ideas/Events/November
Events in the UK in December: Ideas/Events/December
Useful links for people from Norway: Links/Norway

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