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Leona Lewis switches on Christmas lights in the Capital

London was lit up by a bevy of big name celebrities tonight as Regent Street's famous display was launched with a bang.

Leona Lewis had the honour of switching on the famous Christmas lights, with Hollywood star Ty Burrell. Credit: PA

A spectacular display of fireworks lit up the sky as Leona Lewis turned on the lights, along with Emmy Award Winning actor Ty Burrell and Hollywood film director Rob Minkoff.

Former Spice Girls Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton during the Christmas lights switch on event on Regent Street, London. Credit: Pa

As well as flicking the switch, the former X Factor winner performed to a jam-packed Regent Street crowd.

She was followed by other big names, including Emma Bunton and Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Passenger, Imagination, MKS, Gabrielle, Richard & Adam, Only The Young and Jahmene Douglas.

Eliza Doolittle performed at the Christmas switch-on

This year's lights depict the brand new DreamWorks animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman release in February.

Christmas blast off: Fireworks mark the switching on of the Regent Street lights tonight. Credit: PA