The stage featured musical stars from Dreamgirls who performed Motown numbers from their blockbuster show.
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The spectacular pyrotechnic display lit up the sky over Regent Street as revellers saw celebrities pressing the big button in London’s West End tonight
Doing the honours with the big switch on were Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor from Doctor Who, and Heart Radio’s Breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Sian Welby.
Many families and tourists flocked to Regent Street to take a break from their Christmas shopping and join in the festive spirit.
After the entertainment the fun continued with handbag store, Kipling, providing a stage full of dancers and Kiehl’s had a massive Christmas gift box.
Doctor Who’s first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, is joined in doing the honour’s by Heart Radio’s Jamie Theakston and Sian Welby, singer Calum Scott and members of the West End musical, Dreamgirls
Thousands gathered in London’s historic shopping street to witness the festive display, as the lights stretched across the broad Georgian facades
A triumphant angel in the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ display in London’s West End overlooks thousands of festive revellers
Heart Radio’s breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Sian Welby tonight before they took part in the switch on ceremony (left) and Britain’s Got Talent singer Calum Scott performs (right)
The star studded line up wave to the cheering crowd after they have turned on the Christmas lights
L’Occitane were serving hot chocolates in a seated area with blankets, while soap store, Molton Brown, laid on a gigantic advent calendar.
Brass bands and other live performances, including from the London Gay Men’s Chorus, continued providing entertainment into the night.