Disney has signed a deal with the City of London, Oxford Street and Regent Street to provide this year’s Christmas lights across the capital.
The illuminations in the three areas will be themed around Disney’s new film version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which will have its world premiere in London on the evening of Tuesday 3 November when the lights will be turned on simultaneously.
The film, which stars Jim Carrey and Bob Hoskins and is directed by Back To The Future’s Robert Zemeckis, uses ground-breaking 3-D technology and is expected to be one of this Christmas’s biggest box office hits.
Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, unveiled the tie-up at the Disney Store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, on the 12t September which had been redecorated as 19th century London for the occasion.
Mr Johnson said that the Christmas Carol theme will be echoed in tie-in events across London, such as concerts and an attempt to break the world record for carol singing. “It’s going to be one of the biggest festive celebrations the capital has ever seen,” he said.
Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said: “In the spirit of Charles Dickens himself, there really can be no better place in the world than London to celebrate A Christmas Carol.”
The illuminations will use energy-efficient light bulbs – will be paid for by Disney, the Crown Estate and retailers via the New West End Company (NWEC) organisation.
Sorce: The Telegraph.