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Christmas tree vote in Oslo

Christmas Tree Oslo

Published: 8 December 2021

The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Andrew Smith, said:

As always, we are hugely grateful to the people of Norway for sending us this annual gift, which plays a vital role in making Westminster an even more beautiful place to visit at Christmas.

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is an annual gift from the people of Norway in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. Its shape and size may change, but it’s a perennial reminder of the friendship between two nations and the enduring bonds forged in adversity.

The tree lighting ceremony is a cherished tradition which has taken place in the heart of London every year since 1947, and the number of people who turned up last week to see the lights being switched on is testament to that.

We want the people of Oslo and of Norway to know how much we appreciate their generosity.