Trafalgar Square Christmas tree dazzles Londoners on arrival from Oslo

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The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has come to London after a fall in a forest in Oslo.

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City-goers prepare to dazzle Thursday with the lighting of the world-famous tree, which is decorated with vertical strings of lights in traditional Norwegian fashion.

Standing at a height of 25 metres, it is a gift to London from the people of Norway in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II.

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The historic tradition has been taking place every year since 1947 and the countdown to Christmas has begun in London.

Londoners shared their joy at the sight of the festivities, while others criticized the tree for its “spindlely” branches.

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Amidst a sea of ​​comments, one person said: “And the tree is on Trafalgar Square, one of my favorite places. Can’t wait for the lights to go off tomorrow and Thursday for the lighting ceremony.”

Christmas tree lights twinkle after the lights are turned on during the traditional ceremony in Trafalgar Square in London on December 5, 2019

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Christmas tree lights twinkle after the lights are turned on during the traditional ceremony in Trafalgar Square in London on December 5, 2019

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Another joked: “Cute day with priceless friends, but the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square looks like it’s been lying there since last year, it’s looking hazy and gloomy.”

Every November in Norway a ceremony is held when the tree is cut.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British Ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo attend the ceremony.

It is brought to the UK by sea before the lorry completes its journey.

An expert rigging team placed the tree in the square using hydraulic cranes, while energy efficient light bulbs are used to illuminate the tree.

The carol singer will return to Trafalgar Square after such festivities were canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For the first time ever, Trafalgar Square will also host a ticketed New Year’s celebration in lieu of the traditional fireworks over the Thames.

A full schedule of events is still to be unveiled, but organizers have promised live music and “some of London’s best stage performers” as well as food stalls.

The Christmas tree remains in Trafalgar Square until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas when it is taken down for recycling.

It is then cut into compost, from which mulch is made.

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