This year, Christmas in London is taking on a decidedly Dickensian tone as the city gears up for the release of the blockbuster Disney movie, A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, Colin Firth and Bob Hoskins. Set in London in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale centers on Ebenezer Scrooge, a loney and bitter old miser visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Eventually, he opens his heart and discovers the joyous spirit of the season.
Events across the capital will seek to capture that magical spirit starting Tuesday, when the movie premieres to a worldwide audience from right here in London. The stars will be walking the red carpet in Leicester Square shortly after they preside over London’s city-wide Christmas Carol-themed lights switch-on and celebration, “London’s Christmas Carol”, at 5:00 p.m. at various locations around town. (I’ll be situated on Regent Street and then walking over to Leicester Square to see Andrea Bocelli and the St. Paul’s choir lead London’s attempt to break the world record for the biggest ever Christmas Carol sing-along).
Tickets to the movie premiere at several theatres in Leicester Square are still available at a cost of £50, but you can enjoy the light switch-on festivities for free. –Joni Rendon