• Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for New West End Company 

  • Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for New West End Company 

  • Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for New West End Company 

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Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for New West End Company 

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The World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On

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12 November 2014
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The countdown to Christmas officially started today with the Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event at the John Lewis Flagship store, an event which is broadcast and seen by millions around the world.

Cheryl, Rixton, Jess Glynne and Neon Jungle were the huge stars on hand to help light up London for the festive season, with London's number one commercial Breakfast show presenters, Capital's Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon,leading the evening's proceedings.

Rixton opened The Switch On Show with a bang, with performances of brand new single ‘Wait On Me' and ‘Me and My Broken Heart', and were followed by hot new talent Jess Glynne with her hits ‘Right Here' and ‘Rather Be'. Neon Junglelater took to the stage with ‘Trouble', ‘Can't Stop Love' and ‘Braveheart'.

Oxford Street's ‘Talent Starts Here'social media competition winner, 16 year old Lauren Mae Kidd from Finchley, London, gave a beautiful rendition of the festive‘O Holy Night', with incredible vocals in what was her first ever live performance. Crowds also enjoyed a spectacular performance of ‘Pure Imagination' from the cast of West End musical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Cheryl then delighted the crowds when she flicked the switch to illuminate the £1.5 million light scheme, made up of 1778 baubles created using 750,000 LED bulbs. The lights are funded by Oxford Street retailers and will welcome more than 40 million people who are expected to visit the street to do their Christmas shopping over the festive period.

Cheryl said: "Being a part of the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch on has made me feel all Christmassy! I was delighted to help officially kick off the festive season by flicking the switch that lit up London so magically."

Rixton said: "Being able to perform our new single ‘Wait On Me' to so many fans was a real honour. It'd be impossible for us not be excited about Christmas after being surrounded by snow, bright lights and thousands of people, but it's also reminded us that we need to get started on our Christmas shopping!"