The lighting of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree (3 Dec)

December 3, 2009

The traditional Christmas Tree provided by the people of Oslo will be lit in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square. Read more about Christmas in the square.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea abies) over 20 metres high and 50-60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo with great care several months, even years, in advance. The Norwegian foresters who look after it describe it fondly as ‘the queen of the forest’.

The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. A specialist rigging team erects it in the square using a hydraulic crane. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of lights – energy-efficient light bulbs are used.

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