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Christmas Lights in London in 2008

The pictures below were of the Christmas lights in London in 2008.
For pictures of this year's lights, see: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights

2008 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Oxford Street

In 2008 the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on ceremony was on Wed 12 November 2008.
Part of the road was shut from 4pm and crowds gathered opposite the stage next to the House of Fraser.
The event was hosted by presenters from London’s Heart 106.2 radio station.
At 5:45pm there was a performance by the cast of Mamma Mia.
At 5:55pm some of the X Factor finalists appeared to sing the song Hero.
At 6:05pm Sugababes sang several songs, before switching on the lights at 6:15pm.
About 50,000 people came to watch the event.

It's time for Christmas to come to Oxford Street

Heart 106.2 presenter Toby Anstis

Breakfast show presenters Harriet Scott ...

... and Jamie Theakston

The Deputy Lord Mayor of
Westminster made a short speech ...

... followed by the Chief Executive
of the House of Fraser ...

... and an appearance by actor Chace Crawford
(star of the US teen soap "Gossip Girl")

The cast of Mamma Mia! performed several Abba hits from the show

Some of the X Factor Finalists sang their number 1 record "Hero" ...

... Daniel Evans ...

... Rachel Hylton ...

... Ruth Lorenzo ...

... and Alexandra Burke

The Sugababes performed some of their hit records ...

Amelle Berrabah ...

... Heidi Range ...

... and Keisha Buchanan

The Sugababes "push the button" ...

... fireworks are set off ...

... and the 2008 Oxford Street lights are turned on

Catfights and Spotlights (CD)
Artist: Sugababes
Label: Island
Date: 20 Oct 2008
Hero (CD single)
Artist: X Factor Finalists
Label: Syco
Date: 27 Oct 2008

For more information about Mamma Mia, see: Life/Entertainment/Theatre/Mamma-Mia

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2008 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Regent Street

In 2008 the Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on was on Thursday 6 November 2008.
The road was closed to traffic from 5pm-7pm. There was entertainment on a stage set up at the junction of New Burlington Street and Regent Street from 6pm - 6:50pm.
In 2008 the theme of the lights is "stars" and they were switched on by the band McFly (whose new release is the Official Children in Need single).

The presenters. Louisa Preston introduced the switch-on
live on BBC London News

The London Community Gospel Choir sang several songs,
including Take That's "Rule the World" ("all the stars are coming out tonight")

Pudsey Bear is the symbol of the BBC's
annual Children in Need charity event ...

... raising money for
disadvantaged children ...

... one of the fundraising methods
will be by selling his bandana for £2

The members of the band appeared on stage to give a TV interview and to turn on the lights.

Tom Fletcher (lead vocals/guitar)

Harry Judd (drums)

Danny Jones (lead vocals/guitar)

Dougie Poynter (vocals/bass guitar)

McFly are performing this year's BBC Children in Need single, a double A-side featuring the track Do Ya and a cover version of the Rod Stewart and the Faces' seventies hit Stay with Me

The boys pose for a photo

Time to switch on the lights ...

Fireworks are set off
from the rooftops

This year's lights are in the shape of giant stars
(on the right are the lights at the toy shop Hamley's)

Merry Christmas!
(part of the window display at Hamley's)

For more information about Children In Need, see:
McFly's official website:

RadioActive (CD+DVD)
Artist: McFly
Label: Super Records
Date: 22 Sep 2008
Do Ya + Stay With Me (CD single)
Artist: McFly
Label: Super Records
Date: 24 Nov 2008

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2008 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Bond Street

In 2008 the Bond Street Christmas lights were switched on by Kelly Brook at 6pm on Thursday 20 November 2008.
Kelly is a British actress and model.
Money was raised at the event for Great Ormond's Street Hospital:
Three children who have been helped by the hospital appeared on stage with Kelly.
A choir, street entertainers and musicians performed along the road.


Dolce & Gabbana


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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 2007: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2007
Christmas Lights in 2006: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2006
Christmas Lights in 2005: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2005
Christmas Lights in 2004: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2004
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

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
West End theatre: Life/Entertainment/Theatre

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