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Kirsty McCormack

EastEnders' Christmas special starts filming as Albert Square decked out in lights

It looks like the cast of EastEnders are already filming this year's highly-anticipated Christmas episodes.

December 25 in Walford is known for being a dramatic affair and no doubt 2022 will be just as scandalous.

New images show that Albert Square is already decked out with Christmas trees and festive lights as the stars of the shoe set about filming episodes months in advance.

The bird's eye view snaps show the infamous Queen Vic pub adorned with England flags - for the upcoming World Cup - as well as strings of multi-coloured lights.

Two large nutcrackers can also be seen at the entrance to the well-known boozer.

The EastEnders set in Hertfordshire is already decorated for Christmas 2022 (CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

And directly in front of the pub is the walkway with benches - where many EastEnders characters sit and have their most heartfelt conversations - and in the middle is a large Christmas tree covered in more lights.

It's thought that one of this year's festive storyline will involve Mick Carter's exit from the BBC soap.

Actor Danny Dyer confirmed earlier this year that he would be stepping down from the role after nine years.

Christmas has come early at the EastEnders set in Elstree as Walford is decorated in lights and decorations (CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

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.

"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.

Mick Carter will be departing the soap after Danny Dyer announced he is quitting EastEnders (BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

"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," he added.

It's unsure whether or not Mick will be killed off, or if soap bosses will decide to keep the door well and truly open for him.

Meanwhile, Maisie Smith has hinted at her return to EastEnders less than a year after departing Walford.

December 25 in Walford is known for being a dramatic affair and no doubt 2022 will be just as scandalous (CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

But before the festive drama kicks, the autumn storylines are already looking rather juicy in the land of EastEnders.

Following actress June Brown's death earlier this year, her character Dot Cotton will die off screen, before Walford gives her a worthy send-off.

There's returns, as Ricky Butcher makes a comeback - amid his sister's drama with Linda and Mick Carter, which will soon reach a dramatic conclusion.

The entrance to the Queen Vic pub is flanked by two large nutcrackers for Christmas episodes (CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

EastEnders has confirmed the arrival of the Panesar patriarch Nish Panesar too, played by actor Navin Chowdhry

As well as arrivals there are departures, with Frankie Lewis making her exit from the Square soon. Sam Mitchell faces a blast from her past which will see her ruthlessness explained.

More drama lies ahead for the Mitchells, especially with Alfie Moon around and desperate to win back Kat.

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