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Christmas in Trafalgar Square

The main feature at the Trafalgar Square Christmas festivities is the 20 - 25 metres Norway spruce (Christmas tree) which is presented to the people of London by the people of Oslo, Norway, as a token friendship and gratitude for Britain's assistance during World War II. This tradition has been in existence since 1947.

With an eye on the environment, the tree is beautifully decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of energy-efficient light bulbs. The tree has become a symbolic image of Christmas in London. The tree-lighting ceremony is attended by the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Various groups from all across the UK participate in the traditional carol-singing programme. The lighting ceremony and carol services are free to attend.

DateWednesday 15th December 2010 to Saturday 25th December 2010
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