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Christmas Lights in London in 2009

The pictures below were of the Christmas lights in London in 2009.
For pictures of this year's lights, see: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights

2009 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Oxford Street

In 2009 the Christmas Lights on Regent Street and Oxford Street and at St Paul's Cathedral were switched on at the same time on Tuesday 3 December 2009.
Each shared the theme "A Christmas Carol", to mark the release of the new Disney film version of the story by Charles Dickens (see:
Entertainment at each location was from 5pm to 6:30pm, with the lights being switched on by the film's stars soon after 6:15pm.
The event was followed by the world premiere of "A Christmas Carol" in Leicester Square.

The Oxford Street stage was set up near Oxford Circus. The host was DJ Harriet Scott, from Heart Radio 106.2, together with Jason Donovan.

The theme of the lights is Disney's film "A Christmas Carol"

Jason Donovan

Harriet Scott

Performers from the West End musical "Sister Act" sang a couple of songs from the show (see:

Peter André was next on stage

Taio Cruz sang his hit song "Break Your Heart" ( as well as his latest single

The girl group The Saturdays performed next (see:

There were a couple of short speeches by London officials

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster

There were the main stars at the simultaneous events in other parts of London

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli
in Leicester Square

Actor Bob Hoskins
at St Paul's Cathedral

Actor Colin Firth
in Regent Street

The Oxford Street lights were switched on by actor Jim Carrey, who stars as Scrooge in the film "A Christmas Carol". He was joined by the director Robert Zemeckis.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey plays Scrooge

Robert Zemeckis

The switch was pressed and the Christmas lights came on:

Finally, carols were sung at each of the venues. A world record was set for the most number of people singing a carol at the same time.

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2009 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Regent Street

The Regent Street stage was on the corner of New Burlington Street, near Calvin Klein. The host was DJ Toby Anstis, from Heart Radio 106.2.
The first performance was by Jodie Prenger, who plays Nancy in the West End musical Oliver! (see:

Toby Anstis

Jodie Prenger

There was a proclamation by the town crier, followed by a short speech by the Lord Mayor of Westminster

Peter Moore (Westminster's town crier)

Duncan Sandys (Lord Mayor of Westminster)

Three music acts entertained the crowd:
- London Community Gospel Choir (see:
- Daniel Merriweather (MTV Europe Award nominee; see:
- The Noisettes (London indie band; see:

London Community Gospel Choir

Daniel Merriweather

The Noisettes

The Regent Street lights were switched on by actor Colin Firth, who plays the character Fred in the animated Disney film "A Christmas Carol"

Colin Firth

The lights are switched on

Carols are sung

The 2009 Regent Street Christmas lights:

The toy shop Hamley's create a festive window display each year. This year Teddy bears are the main theme.

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2009 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street
Christmas decorations reflect the 60's themes of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace.
There was an opening ceremony on Tuesday 10 November 2009. 60's music was played and members of the public danced in the street.
In 2010 Carnaby Street will be celebrating 50 years since the start of the 60's, when the area became an iconic fashion destination.

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2009 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Bond Street

Bond Noël is an annual event, raising money for the children's hospital Great Ormond Street

Carols were sung ...

... by the City of London Choir

Anna Friel switched on the 2009 lights ...

... watched by the Lord Mayor of Westminster and a girl from Great Ormond Street

Anna was presented with a bouquet

Reindeer pen

The Bond Street lights

Rides along the street

Gandini Juggling ...

... put on displays on Bond Street ...

... using luminous clubs

Acrobatic act ...

... inside a crystal bubble

Light walkers on stilts

Nicole Farhi window display



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Christmas Lights in London: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights
Christmas Lights in 2010: Ideas/Album/ChristmasLights2010
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 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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