Trafalgar Square's famous Christmas tree will light up on Thursday 1 December.
The mighty spruce — one of which has been gifted to us by Norway since 1947 — will soon be with us, according to the Twitter account of the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Hamza Taouzzale, who will preside over an illumination/carol singing ceremony on the first day of December. (Speaking of Twitter accounts, the tree has its own — branded as "The official account of Britain’s national tree-sure".)
The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be on Thursday December 1.— The Lord Mayor of Westminster (@LM_Westminster) November 3, 2022
It’s 75 years since the first tree - a gift from the people of Norway.
So, save the date and join me on this special event.
Don’t forget to check the tree’s own account @trafalgartree pic.twitter.com/rQMjQC5r2G
2022 marks the 75th year of London receiving a tree from Norway, as a thank you for its support during the second world war. A 20+ meter-tall spruce — usually over half a century old — is felled in a ceremony in Norway, before being shipped to the UK and driven to London.
In recent years, London's gratitude for the prickly gift has been questionable: in 2019, people moaned that is looked more like a cucumber than a Christmas tree — a claim that we had to very scientifically investigate.