The most interesting facts about London


The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree comes all the way from Norway. To show their

gratitude to the people of England for their support in World War II, the people of Oslo,

Norway, have every year since 1947 presented London with the Christmas tree proudly

displayed in Trafalgar Square. The first Trafalgar Square Christmas tree was 48ft (14.6m)

tall and was a thank you from King Haakon VII, the king who was forced to flee Norway and seek sanctuary in Britain with his government when the Nazis invaded his homeland. The tree is prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square from the beginning of December until 6 January. The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall. The tree is cut in Norway sometime in November during a ceremony attended by the British Ambassador to Norway, the Mayor of Oslo, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster After the tree is cut, it is shipped to the UK. The 2019 Christmas tree was planted in about 1929 in a forest near a small lake called Trollvann, which is Norwegian for the 'water of the trolls' and is 21m tall.

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