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Trafalgar Square awash with festive joy as London’s final Christmas tree is lit up – Evening Standard

Following Thursday’s ceremony, there will plenty more events to follow, including a torch-lit Blessing of the Crib procession on Sunday, and no fewer than 40 choirs singing under its branches between December 11 and 23.

The centrepiece has been an annual gift from the people of Oslo to the people of London since 1947, a gesture of thanks for British support to Norway during WWII.

Handpicked from a forest close to the Norwegian capital, the tree is often selected months or sometimes years in advance for its height and pedigree, then cut down and popped on a boat bound for Britain.

This year#8217;s Norweigan Spruce, which is around 20 metres tall and between 50 and 60 years old, is the 70th tree given.

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