Beautiful Christmas trees around London
Putting up a fir tree at home has been popular in the UK since Victorian times, but you don’t have to go inside someone’s house to find them – there are some spectacular examples around London this year.
The huge Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been donated by the city of Oslo every year since 1947. Britain assisted Norway during World War II and the country has expressed its gratitude with a tree ever since. The lighting ceremony takes place at 6pm on Thursday 6 December, while there are carol services every day between Monday 10 and Friday 21 December (not 5 Dec).
The extravagant tree at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair is always spectacular. This year, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has created ‘The Tree of Love’, which includes 8,000 hand-painted leaves and 150 hand-blown glass hearts.
At the Victoria and Albert Museum you can see ‘The V&A Family Tree’, which is inspired by children’s book The Christmas Tree. It features 12 cardboard copies of toys from the V&A Museum of Childhood and the whole tree was built from recycled materials.
If you’re in the King’s Cross area, don’t miss this festive sight in Granary Square. There’s a range of activities planned too, including a Christmas takeover at nearby Canopy Market, where you’ll find live music, mulled wine and Christmassy food every day until Sunday 16 December.
Find out about some of London’s biggest Christmas festivals here