Just this morning, St Pancras International’s highly anticipated Christmas tree was unveiled.
The grand reveal of the St Pancras tree took place this morning, and whilst there were far fewer people around to see it than usual, there’s a distinctly festive feel to the whole affair that allows us to forget about the stresses of 2020, just for a moment. The ‘grammable tree has been designed in partnership with perfectly pink café chain EL&N, and pays tribute to NHS staff and key workers that have helped carry the UK through the pandemic. And yes, to the surprise of no-one who’s been to EL&N, it’s pink.
Whilst last year’s Eiffel Tower-inspired creation stretched the technical definition of “a tree” somewhat, St Pancras are back on more traditional ground this year. The 34ft high tree is dubbed “The Tree of Hope”, and depicts a whimsical carousel at the base. Sitting atop this charming carousel is a tree bedecked with lights and 1200 metres of festive ribbon, which have been printed with quotes of love, hope, and empathy from team members of key organisations including Imperial College Healthcare, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Ambulance Service, and Royal Mail.
It’s their way of showing thanks for the commitment and compassion shown by NHS and key workers throughout the year, but there’s a neat message for the rest of us too. Neon lights on one side of the tree say “Wishing you a season of sweetness”, and EL&N are taking that message and running with it. Anyone passing through the station on their journey can pick up grab & go options from their newly-opened café, whilst all their London spots will sell a mini Tree of Hope cake, with 10% of the profits going to FareShare and thus helping communities and families in need.
The Tree of Hope will sit within the concourse at St. Pancras International from today (November 6) to January 3, 2021, so do pop by if you’re passing through. 2020 may suck, but Christmas is starting to look pretty sweet!
Feeling festive? ✨ Check out the Oxford Street Christmas lights, which are now shining bright.
Also published on Medium.