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It's TRULY Christmas now – the Trafalgar Square tree goes up today.

There are always some clear signs Christmas is creeping up on us.

First – Starbucks red cups. Then, that Christmas advert from Coca Cola. Next, the Christmas decorations lighting up Oxford and Regent Street….and of course, the HUGE tree arriving in Trafalgar Square – our yearly gift from our friends in Norway.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, a gift each year from Norway to London to say thank you for assistance in 2nd World War. 2012 is the 65th anniversary of the tree gifting ceremony.

The tree lighting ceremony will commence in the Square tonight at 6pm and is free to attend. As well as seeing the lights brighten up the magnificent 20ish metre high Norwegian Spruce (from a sustainable forest, of course), their will be performances from  the St-Martin-In-The-Fields church choir, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and the Regent Hall Band of the Salvation Army.

This is the 65th year the tree has been gifted to Londoners, as a thank you for our help in the 2nd World War.

Get along if you’re feeling festive.

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