christmas at trafalgar square

Photo credit: Andrew Howat.

Photo credit: Andrew Howat.

Christmas in Trafalgar Square. Westminster. Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN.

Every year since 1947 the people of Norway have given the people of London a Christmas tree to erect in Trafalgar Square. The gift is in recognition of Britain's support for Norway during World War II. The tree, which is over 60 feet high is carefully grown in a forest outside Oslo, being selected months, even years, in advance. It is felled in November at a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayor of Oslo take part. It is brought to the UK by sea, and by lorry to London. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of lights. 

On the second Sunday in December there is a special ceremony for the blessing of the crib. This involves a torch lit procession of choir and clergy from the steps of St. Martin's in the Fields led by tghe Salvation Army band. 

In the two weeks up to 23rd December there is carol singing by the tree from 4 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. More than 40 carol singing groups participate. 

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