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On Saturday 9 November, we saw Regent Street light up for Christmas and welcomed in the festive season with a whole host of celebrity guests. Look up on your next visit to Regent Street and notice that the Mile of Style is now laced with beautiful lights, depicting this year’s sponsor, the DreamWorks animated film Mr Peabody and Sherman. 

The traffic-free day on Regent Street was one filled with events and promotions, welcoming shoppers to a jam-packed day of Christmas festivities. Costumed characters from the film Mr Peabody and Sherman welcomed Regent Street’s visitors while stores down the street offered discounts and special promotions to celebrate a day of Christmas shopping.

Thanks to a completely traffic-free Regent Street, it really was the perfect day to tackle that all-important Christmas shopping list.Shoppers were also welcomed to watch a series of fashion shows performed throughout the day down the street, displaying the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections of a great number of the Regent Street brands. A fun way to catch up on the latest trends before heading out to ‘shop that style’, the fashion shows went down a treat – even with least fashion savvy of the crowd. They don’t call us the Mile of Style for nothing.

5pm marked the beginning of the on-stage acts. An enormous crowd gathered for former Spice Girls Mel C and Emma Bunton to perform their famous 1996 hit ‘2 Become 1’, before welcoming the rest of the evening’s guests as well as presenters Jamie Theakston and Alex Zane.The line-up also included Imagination (a hit with the older crowd at the lights), MKS (the original Sugababes), Eliza Doolittle, X Factor’s Leona Lewis and Jahmene Douglas, Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard & Adam (powerful Christmas ballads from these guys) and teen band Only the Young. Turning on the lights were Emmy award winning actor Ty Burrell (star of Mr Peabody and Sherman) and director of the film Rob Minkoff (famous for directing Disney’s The Lion King).

It’s safe to say the crowd were entertained and 100% warmed up for the big switch-on.Crowds looked on as the lights illuminated the street and an impressive fireworks display marked the occasion. Christmas is a-coming. You heard it on Regent Street first. Penned that list for Santa yet?

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Two Underground stations provide easy access:
Oxford Circus (Northern end of Regent Street): Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines
Piccadilly Circus (Southern end of Regent Street): Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines

Regent Street bus routes are: C2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453*
*Those in bold provide a 24 hour service.