Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London 51.508142 -0.128141
Dates & Time:
The big switch-on ceremony is between 6 PM and 7.30 PM (1st Dec). The actual switch-on itself is at 6 PM
Tickets & Cost:
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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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If you enjoy Christmas lights in London then you might like these other London events…

Christmas lights in Oxford Street – 6th November 2016 to 6th January 2017The Oxford Street switch-on ceremony is always one of the biggest, and this year they're shutting the street to traffic.

Christmas lights in Bond Street – 10th November 2016 to 6th January 2017Bond Street is one of the poshest shopping streets in in London, and they always have some of the poshest decorations too!

Christmas lights in Carnaby Street – 10th November 2016 to 6th January 2017Carnaby Street will be kicking off its Christmas season with a big switch-on ceremony on the 10th November.

Christmas lights in Regent Street – 17th November 2016 to 6th January 2017Regent Street always has some of the best Christmas lights in London, stretching from Oxford Street to Waterloo Place.

Winter Ice Rink, at the Natural History Museum – 27th October 2016 to 8th January 2017The Natural History Museum always has one of the best outdoor ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairy lights.

Meet Santa at the Harrods Christmas Grotto – 4th November to 24th December 2016Take you kids to see the toy factory at Harrods, and then meet Santa in his Winter Cabin inside the Christmas Grotto.

Skate around Canary Wharf’s outdoor ice rink – 4th November 2016 to 25th February 2017An outdoor ice rink in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with a perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.

Southbank’s Winter Festival & Christmas market – 11th November 2016 to 22nd January 2017This popular chalet-style Christmas market sells some great gifts and lots of festive food and drink in the pop-up bars.

Broadgate ice rink (near Liverpool Street station) – 14th November 2016 to 2nd February 2017Surrounded by tall offices and shops, the outdoor ice rink at Broadgate is only two minutes from Liverpool Street station.

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