This evening London will be one step closer to Christmas with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Trafalgar Square, which will take place December 6th, 2012 from 6pm-7pm. The beautiful Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is a favourite with Londoners and visitors alike, and it is the centrepiece of festive events and carolling in central London each holiday season. The huge Norwegian spruce tree has a special history, very appropriate for the historical setting in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Every year since 1947, the city of Oslo, Norway has donated a beautiful tree as a sign of their gratitude for British support for Norway during WWII. The tree is selected sometimes up to years in advance and carefully watched until it is about 20 metres tall. During a ceremony in November that includes the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo, the “queen of the forest” is felled and then brought to the UK by sea and then lorry to Trafalgar Square. In case you think the decorations should be a bit more flashy, the vertical strings of lights are in keeping with the Norwegian traditional. The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is stunning with its size and elegantly simple decorations.
It’s also the perfect backdrop for Carol Singing in Trafalgar Square, one of the most charming and festive events of the holiday season. The Christmas Tree Lighting usually takes place on the first Thursday of December and shortly after the evenings in Trafalgar Square leading up to Christmas will be filled with the sound of carolling groups. After visiting the National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery or a concert at St. Martin in the Fields, stroll over to Trafalgar Square to enjoy the towering Christmas tree and the holiday magic of Christmas at Trafalgar Square!
Guests staying in our lovely two bedroom Savoy vacation rental or our stunning Eden studio rental will be just moments from all the holiday excitement and events at Trafalgar Square. The central London location is ideal for enjoying theatre shows in the West End, Christmas shopping at Covent Garden and nearby Regent Street and Piccadilly, ice skating at Somerset House or the London Eye and strolling through the Christmas Market at Southbank just across the Thames. If you’ll be spending Christmas in London this year, don’t miss the charms of the holiday season at Trafalgar Square!