Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree 2018
We watched the lighting ceremony of the world’s most famous Christmas tree , The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947 and signals the countdown to Christmas in London.
A Gift From Norway
Every year, since 1947, the people of Norway have given the people of London a Christmas tree. This gift is in gratitude for Britain’s support for Norway during World War II.
Germans invaded Norway in 1940. The king of Norway, Haakon VII, sought refuge in Britain. So the Norwegian government also became established in London.
To most Norwegians, London represented the spirit of freedom during these difficult war years. From London, news broadcasts were made in Norwegian. So this inspired the people of Norway and kept their hope of freedom alive.
The Oslo Christmas Tree
The Oslo Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square has come to symbolise the close and warm relationship between the people of Norway and the people of Britain.
Norwegians are pleased and honoured to send this token of their friendship to London. Now probably the most famous Christmas Tree in the world. Also so much a part of Christmas for Londoners.
And its lighting up ceremony has come to signify the beginning of the Christmas season in the heart of the British capital.
The tree, a Norwegian spruce, comes from one of Oslo’s own forests. A tree chosen with great care. Earmarked for its place of honour in London several years ago. Also over 21 metres high it looks phenomenal in the Square. This years tree is 80 years old. Also in keeping with the Norwegian tradition decorated with white lights.
The Christmas tree remains in Trafalgar Square until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas. Then the tree requires recycling. The tree becomes chipped and composted, to make mulch.