In pictures: Oxford Street glows with festive cheer

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Rita Ora has switched on Oxford Street's Christmas lights - saying "it means a lot to me".

Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2017

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The "Switch On" event, in London's West End, marks the start of the festive shopping season.

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(David Parry/PA)

X Factor stars Matt Terry and 5 After Midnight performed live throughout the evening.

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(David Parry/PA)

Anywhere singer Ora, 26, said: "London is my home so switching on the Oxford Street lights means a lot to me.

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(David Parry/PA)

"I used to love coming to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights when I was younger so this means even more to me."

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(David Parry/PA)

Over 750,000 bright white LED bulbs and 1,778 baubles decorate the mile-long stretch of Oxford Street, "taking inspiration from falling snowflakes".

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