Kylie Minogue switches on London’s Christmas lights

Australian singer Kylie Minogue switches on the Christmas lights on London’s Oxford Street in front of thousands of fans.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 1, 2015) (REUTERS) – Australian pop star Kylie Minogue flicked the switch on London’s famous Oxford Street Christmas lights on Sunday (November 1) night in front of thousands of fans.

Silver lights and 445 golden baubles have been installed to create the effect of falling snowflakes.

For the first time the street was closed to all traffic in advance of the switch-on.

Another first was that the lights have been turned on much earlier than ever before on November 1 — a move criticised by some on social media but defended by organisers.

“It is the earliest we have done this year. But we wanted to try a Sunday switch-on which we have never done before, a lot of families out here and it’s half-term as well so we are seeing a lot of kids here as well and the atmosphere’s fantastic out there so it’s been very good for people here and obviously the retailers today as well,” said Jace Tyrell from the New West End Company.