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Christmas arrives in London shops

Christmas arrives in London shops
A man carries a girl on his shoulders underneath the Christmas lights on Oxford Street shortly after their official switching on in London, England. The two main retail streets in London's West End of Oxford Street and Regent Street had a joint switching on ceremony by actors Jim Carrey and Colin Firth. (Getty Images)
Christmas arrives in London shops
A couple have their picture taken in front of a Christmas window display of a department store on Oxford Street before the official switching on of the Christmas lights. (Getty Images)
Christmas arrives in London shops
A woman takes a picture of the Christmas window display in a department store on Oxford Street before the official switching on of the Christmas lights on Oxford and Regent streets in London, England. (Getty Images)
Christmas arrives in London shops
Pedestrians make their way underneath the Christmas lights on Oxford Street shortly after their official switching on in London's two main retail streets. (Getty Images)
Christmas arrives in London shops
Members of the public photograph the Christmas lights on Oxford Street. (Getty Images)
Christmas arrives in London shops
A girl takes a picture of her friend underneath the Christmas lights on Oxford Street shortly after their official switching on. (Getty Images)