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Craig David, The Vamps and Louisa Johnson light up Oxford Street as the Christmas countdown begins

Craig David was joined by The Vamps and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson to turn on the dazzling Oxford Street Christmas lights for the 57th year

The countdown to the festive season is officially under way as the Oxford Street Christmas Lights were turned on by Craig David on Sunday (November 6).

The event, which saw the road completely closed off to traffic, was the 57th annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event at Oxford Street, and marked six weeks until the big day.

The day event included balloon-making, craft workshops, face-painting and a grotto for children, and culminated in the light switch-on in the evening.

Craig David (centre) is joined on stage by Amy Vivian and Will Manning(Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Turning on the lights, the 'Born to do it' star said: "Growing up as a kid, me and my mum and dad at home, was like 'whose gonna turn them on this year?' so to have the opportunity is beautiful.

"There's so many people who are less fortunate.

"Children who are out there, who are having a hard time.

"Those people are the people that we need to be focusing on and let's try to make a difference to those people as well."

Louisa Johnson performs live on stage(Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

The comeback singer was joined by X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, and boy band The Vamps, who put on fun performances for visitors to the lights-on event.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan , also attended the event.

He said: "Christmas doesn't really begin until the lights have been switched on in Oxford Street."

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The NSPCC launched its Little Stars campaign at the switch on.

Members of the public were asked to donate £5 to name one of Oxford Street's world-famous lights for someone special in their life, with funds going to the children's charity.

The Vamps perform live on stage ahead of Craig David switching on the Christmas lights(Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Christmas lights will be switched on throughout west London in November and December.

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