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Carols by the Tree in Trafalgar Square 2012

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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
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Square will be spruced up in traditional Christmas style


It will soon be time for Trafalgar Square to spruce up for Christmas, with the arrival of a gift from Norway.

A spruce tree is donated from the forests of Oslo in a tradition dating back to 1947, in honour of Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.

A mature tree around 20 metres tall is decorated in traditional Norwegian style, with vertical strings of lights energy-efficient bulbs are now used.

The tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday 6 December. Carols will be sung in the square in the evenings from Tuesday 11 to Sunday 23 December. These are free events open to everyone; many of the choirs collect donations for charity.

The timing of the ceremony and a full programme of participating choirs will be announced nearer the date. Find out more details online.
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Why? Carols round the tree at Christmas
When: Tree - from 6 December - 4 January. Carols from 11 - 23 December
Phone: N/A
Where: Trafalgar Square, central London
Cost: Free
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