CHRISTMAS lights are being turned on in cities up and down the country, but when and where are the best displays in the UK?
From Oxford Street in London to George Square in Glasgow these are some of the brightest places to see a Christmas lights turn-on and get into the festive spirit.
Oxford Street – London
The countdown to Christmas has started on Oxford Street and even if you’re not feeling the festivity just yet, make sure you don’t miss out on the lights turn-on in London.
The Christmas lights will be switched on on Tuesday, November 7.
The headline act, who will be taking on the coveted position of “light-turner-oner”, will be Hot Right Now singer Rita Ora.
As always the show will also feature some X-Factor stars, this year it’ll be none other than last years’ winner Matt Terry and the boy band 5 After Midnight.
Getty Images Oxford Street Christmas lights will be turned on by Rita Ora on Tuesday November 7
George Square – Glasgow
This year even more lights and a Christmas market have been planned for Goerge Square, and 16,000 tickets will given for the switch on.
The spectacle will take place on Sunday November 19.
Tickets are free for the event, but are allocated by a ballot that closed on Sunday October 15.
Last year there were 56,995 applications for 272,830 tickets – that’s enough to fill George Square 16 times over.
Getty Images The Christmas lights in George Square in will be switched on on Sunday November 19
Liverpool ONE – Liverpool
The city is about to be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, and the switching on is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of families.
In addition to the festive switch on there will also be live music, street entertainment and special performances.
Liverpool will be turning on the lights of their iconic 30-metre Christmas tree on Thursday November 9.
Make sure you get down early so you don’t miss out on any of the festive fun that’s promised.
Getty Images The Christmas lights in Liverpool will be turned on on Thursday November 9
Albert Square – Manchester
The Manchester lights were turned on in Albert Square on Saturday November 4 at 7.30pm.
In addition to the massive outdoor party, the event was topped off with a 10-minute fireworks display.
DJ Sigala, who is best known for his 2015 single Easy Love, which sampled ABC by the Jackson 5, and his recent collaboration by Ella Eyre, headlined.
He was joined by Pixie Lott and boy band Yes Lad from X Factor last year.
Families were also able to watch the cast of ELF: The Musical bring their tunes from The Lowry to the event.
Getty Images Albert Square will be lit up on November 4 at 7.30pm but it is advised to get down early as the square is expected to be packed
Victoria Gardens – Leeds
Leeds Christmas lights will be turned on by none other than Rugby League heroes The Leeds Rhinos, along with club stars Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow.
Britain’s Got Talent contestants Boogie Storm will perform a new routine featuring a dance-off with some well-known super-heroes.
Leeds Contemporary Singers (LCS) who starred on BBC’s inaugural Pitch Battle earlier this year will also be at the event.
Leeds Christmas lights display will be lit up on Thursday December 9 at 6.45pm on Victoria Gardens.
The annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square starts the day after on Friday November 10 from 10.30am.
Getty Images Leeds also hosts a German market every Christmas which will open the day after the lights are being switched on
Marylebone Village – Marylebone
This year’s Christmas Festival Fair switch on promises to be a “community event” with plenty of activities, food and stage performances.
The lights will be switched on by none other than the fabulous Dame Barbara Windsor DBE, who is most famous for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.
She will be on hand to turn the lighs on at 6pm on Wednesday November 15 at the north end of the Marylebone High Street.
The Christmas event is scheduled to run from 3pm until 7pm with plenty of performances from local school choirs.
lastminute.com Last year’s Marylebone Christmas lights
Regent Street – London
Regent Street was the first central London street to showcase Christmas lighting back in 1954, and this year is set to be equally impressive.
The official switch on will take place on Thursday November 16 and the best part is it’ll be free of charge to attend.
Head on over to the popular street, which will be fully pedestrianised from Oxford Street to Picadilly Circus, from 4pm until 9pm.
The big moment of the lights going on will be between 6pm and 7pm, so don’t miss out.
The organisers have announced that there will be VIP appearances and live entertainment but the actual line up is yet to be announced.
Last year Holly Willoughby, Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton presented the event with performances Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Odell.
Oxford Street christmas lights turned on by Kylie Minogue