EastEnders’ Christmas Special has ALREADY started filming as Albert Square is adorned with lights

EastEnders’ Christmas Special has ALREADY started filming as Albert Square is adorned with festive decorations and The Square’s famous Christmas tree – but will it be just as miserable as ever?

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EastEnders have already begun filming their Christmas episodes as new on-set snaps showed the iconic Albert Square adorned with festive lights.

The Christmas special will no doubt be packed with drama and fans have already started to speculate what is to come on the soap which is famous for its most miserable Christmas day episodes, typically packed with murder, deaths or shock departures. 

The spectacular light display illuminated the square, where viewers think this festive season will be the end for Danny Dyer’s character Mick who is confirmed to be exiting the soap.

Already? EastEnders have already begun filming their Christmas episodes as new on-set snaps showed the iconic Albert Square adorned with festive lights

Already? EastEnders have already begun filming their Christmas episodes as new on-set snaps showed the iconic Albert Square adorned with festive lights

Earlier this year, the actor appeared to hint at a Christmas exit – however, with it only still bring September – fans of the show will have wait several more weeks to find out.

The hub of the BBC One soap, The Queen Vic has seen itself transformed into a winter wonderland with two large nutcrackers standing at the pub doors. 

The iconic boozer is also adorned with Christmas lights and tinsel and a whole host of flags too in order to celebrate the World Cup.

Heart of the square: The Queen Vic is looking dazzling ahead of the World Cup

Heart of the square: The Queen Vic is looking dazzling ahead of the World Cup 

Among two large draping England flags are metres of World Cup bunting seen hanging across the front of the Walford local.     

The Square’s iconic garden looks almost unrecognisable as a huge Christmas tree sits in the middle wrapped in multi-coloured lights.

As the soaps film months in advance, the BBC stars will be hard at work creating the iconic Christmas episodes over the next couple of weeks. 

Tense: The Christmas special will no doubt be packed with drama and fans have already started to speculate what is to come on the soap

Tense: The Christmas special will no doubt be packed with drama and fans have already started to speculate what is to come on the soap

Exciting: EastEnders' Elstree set was adorned with sparkling lights and a tree topped with a star, no doubt getting the show's cast in the festive mood

Exciting: EastEnders’ Elstree set was adorned with sparkling lights and a tree topped with a star, no doubt getting the show’s cast in the festive mood

Festive: Every corner of the square is decorated with some festive decorations - including a reindeer muriel

Festive: Every corner of the square is decorated with some festive decorations – including a reindeer muriel

Fans will face an anxious wait to find out if this Christmas will be the end for Danny Dyer’s character Mick who is confirmed to be exiting the soap.

Earlier this year, the actor admitted he wanted to quit the soap ‘for a while’ as he spoke out for the first time since he announced his departure from the soap.

Speaking on his Sorted With The Dyers podcast, he said: ‘When you’re in a job like a soap your contract comes up for renewal and every time it has they’ve asked me to stay, and I’m very grateful for that. Because I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. It’s very tough. 

What will happen? The soap's Christmas Day Special will once again be packed with tense drama, with fans already speculating what the big storyline will be

What will happen? The soap’s Christmas Day Special will once again be packed with tense drama, with fans already speculating what the big storyline will be 

What's going on? It remains to be seen what fans can expect from another Christmas in Albert Square, which never proves to be a jolly affair

What’s going on? It remains to be seen what fans can expect from another Christmas in Albert Square, which never proves to be a jolly affair

Honest: Danny Dyer admitted that he realised he was gong to 'f*** up his relationship' and become a 'shadow' of himself if her carried on starring on EastEnders (pictured in Aug 2022)

Honest: Danny Dyer admitted that he realised he was gong to ‘f*** up his relationship’ and become a ‘shadow’ of himself if her carried on starring on EastEnders (pictured in Aug 2022)

‘I always debate whether I want to sign again and I’ve been contemplating a while now about whether it’s time to roll the dice, take the leap.  

‘The big news is I’ve decided not to renew my contract. That’s all. That’s not because I’ve fallen out with anybody, I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It’s an important part of television.’

Speaking at the time soap star insisted there’s no ‘big story’ behind his departure, other than he wants to try other things. 

Long-standing character: Earlier this year, Danny admitted he wanted to quit EastEnders 'for a while' as he spoke out for the first time since he announced his departure from the soap

Long-standing character: Earlier this year, Danny admitted he wanted to quit EastEnders ‘for a while’ as he spoke out for the first time since he announced his departure from the soap

A spokesperson for the BBC show confirmed that Danny would be leaving Walford later this year, but insisted that there will still be more drama in store for Mick ahead of his exit. 

The spokesperson said: ‘Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year. 

‘Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for, however we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford. ‘  

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Much loved: The star has become a soap icon since debuting on the soap

 Much loved: The star has become a soap icon since debuting on the soap

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