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Oxford St to become traffic-free for one day only


The entire length of London’s Oxford St will become traffic-free for the first time ever for one day next month to celebrate the switch-on of the world-famous Christmas lights display.

The occasion will be held in conjunction with Kids Christmas VIP Day along the renowned high street, featuring entertainment including on-street screens, music from Capital radio station, pop-up street food stalls and special appearances from kids favourites such as My Little Pony and Transformers.

To be held on Sunday, November 6, buses, taxis and cars will be banned from Oxford St from Tottenham Court Rd down to Marble Arch.

The occasion is a partnership between the New West End Company, leading children’s charity NSPCC and Hasbro. 

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Hundreds of thousands of “Little Stars” lights will twinkle among the existing 1778 gold and silver baubles and 750,000 LED bulbs as part of the Oxford St Christmas lights display. 

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a suggested £5 to dedicate one of the lights for someone special in their life, with money raised from donations going to the NSPCC’s helplines and national services which both keep children safe and help them recover when they have fallen victim to some form of abuse. 

“Every year the NSPCC helps keep one million children safe from abuse through services such as Childline,” NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said.

“This work is only possible because of the support and generosity of members of the public from across the UK.”

“As such, we are delighted to be chosen as the first ever charity partner for the Oxford St Christmas lights and are asking the public to help us light up the world famous display throughout the festive period.”

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Published on Monday 10 October by Elias Jahshan

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