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Actress Emilia Clarke, Dame Emma Thompson, Paul Feig, Ronan Keating And The Cast Of The Snowman, ‘Switch On’ Covent Garden’s 2019 Christmas Lights

Actress Emilia Clarke, British national treasure Dame Emma Thompson and Director Paul Feig switched on Covent Garden’s Christmas Lights

Magic Radio’s Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott presented the show and entertained crowds ahead of the infamous ‘switch on’ moment

West End cast of The Snowman delivered special one-off performances

Children’s choir from newly released film Last Christmas joined the stage to sing, bringing festive cheer to the Piazza, before leading the crowd in a ‘Last Christmas’ sing along

6,000 people joined Covent Garden’s Christmas extravaganza to celebrate London’s favourite festive destination

This year’s festivities were in support of Crisis, the UK national charity for homeless people

Covent Garden officially began the festive season last night with its annual ‘switch on’ extravaganza. After filming newly released film Last Christmas in Covent Garden last year, Actress Emilia Clarke, Dame Emma Thompson and Director Paul Feig, returned to the estate to officially switch on the Christmas lights, along with incredible West End cast of The Snowman. Magic Radio’s Ronan Keating and Harriett Scott hosted the evening and entertained crowds. This year’s festivities were in support of Crisis, the UK national charity for homeless people.

The evening’s entertainment kicked off with an exciting performance by the company of The Snowman taking to the stage to treat the audience to a rendition of The Ice Princess and The Snowman pas de deux duet. The Children’s choir from film Last Christmas brought extra magic to the snowy Piazza and traditional festive cheer to the stage with rousing renditions of Wham! and George Michael classics.

After the performances, Emilia Clarke, Dame Emma Thompson and Paul Feig joined the stage, where together they pressed the button to illuminate Covent Garden’s iconic Christmas tree, before leading the crowd into a sing-a-long of George Michael’s ‘Last Christmas’.

The ‘switch on’ moment lit up Covent Garden, with London’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree - standing at 60ft tall in the piazza and weighing a whopping 1.5 tonnes – glittering with 30,000 lights, as well as the 115,000 lights adorning the Covent Garden Piazza, adjoining streets and the iconic mistletoe and glitter balls in the Market Building.

Emilia Clarke said: “Covent Garden played an iconic role in Last Christmas, we had so much fun filming here and it’s an honour to have been invited to switch on Covent Garden for Christmas!”

Dame Emma Thompson said: “Christmas in Covent Garden is magical. We love the role Covent Garden plays in Last Christmas and as a patron of the charity Crisis it’s wonderful to be able to support such a great cause.”

Paul Feig said: Filming Last Christmas in Covent Garden last year was an amazing experience and we’re thrilled to have been invited back to switch on the Christmas lights. London is extremely special to me and be asked to turn on the lights in the city’s most famous location is an unbelievable honour.”

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