Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London 51.508142 -0.128141
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The big switch-on ceremony is between 6 PM and 7.30 PM (1st Dec). The actual switch-on itself is at 6 PM
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Trafalgar Square has boasted the finest fir tree in London for more than sixty-five years -- as a thankyou from the good people of Norway for our help during World War II.

The tree remains rigidly traditional, a true evergreen fir decorated with simple white lights. It might seem a little skinny to people who are used to the big artificial ones that we put in their homes, but this is the genuine article from the snowy slopes of Oslo.

The switch-on ceremony will take place on the 1st December (between 6 PM and 7.30 PM, with the big switch-on itself at 6 PM), with a big crowd that will include the Mayor of Oslo and our own Lord Mayor of Westminster. The tree will be lit at 6 PM, followed by speeches and carols from the choir from St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Salvation Army band.

Craig has been to this entire ceremony himself, and seen it from start to finish, and he's written a review of what happened if you'd like to know what happens. You can read about it on his London blog.

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