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Christmas comes early for shoppers this year

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The electric spectacle of light, which form a canopy of falling stars draped along the street, will not be switched on until November 2, said the company running the famous attraction.

And this year organisers will have the environment and the cost-of-living crisis in mind when the display is lit up. 

In a bid to manage energy consumption, the lights will be on for a shorter period of time than usual each day. The stars are created by 300,000 LED light bulbs which are 75 percent more efficient than standard bulbs.

Overall, their energy consumption will be cut by two-thirds in comparison to last year, according to Secret London.

They are also made from polymer, meaning they are 100 percent recyclable.

Hadas Kulcsar, of New West End Company which puts on the display, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the lights to Oxford Street this year.”

“For many, this is the first Christmas without restrictions post-Covid.”

Hadas added: “In the current climate, it is also important that we reduce our energy consumption and help to promote a more sustainable Christmas.”

But some shoppers took to social media to complain. One wrote: “40C a few weeks ago and now Christmas lights in Oxford Street. The world’s gone mad.”

Another posted: “Oxford Street lights up already? Bit weird…”

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