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Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square Free

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Carol singers standing in front of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, which is lit up by twinkling, vertical lights and buildings in the background.
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree 2021. Image Courtesy of the GLA
See the famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree sparkle with hundreds of lights, and sing along to carols around the tree during the countdown to Christmas.


Admire the magnificent Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, which is decorated in traditional Norwegian style and stands tall in the iconic square over the festive season.

What is the story behind the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree?

The giant Norwegian spruce has been an annual gift to London from the people of Norway since 1947, in recognition of Britain’s support during the Second World War.

Each year, the tree is transported by sea from Norway in late November, and arrives in London in time for the start of the festive season.

The tree, which stands at more than 20 metres (66 feet) tall, is illuminated with hundreds of light bulbs set in vertical strings of light, which is the traditional way Norwegians decorate their trees.

How long is the Christmas tree up in Trafalgar Square?

Don't miss the lighting of the famous Christmas tree, which happens in early December. There is also usually a blessing of the crib ceremony, which features a torchlit procession and music from St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

While it's there, you can enjoy carols around the Christmas tree with a series of carol concerts during the festive season.

The tree is usually taken down just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas (5 January).

Where can I see the Christmas tree?

The famous London Christmas tree is located within Trafalgar Square in central London, one of the city's most iconic public spaces.


Admission Free

Venue Details & Map

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
+44 (0)207 983 4000

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