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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.