Trafalgar Square’s Christmas Tree Is Switching On This Thursday

Let’s all just try to be nice to the Trafalgar Square tree this year, shall we?

After all, it is a special occasion for the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. Each year, the lovely people of Norway donate a behemoth of a tree to London as thanks for helping them out in World War 2, and have done since 1947. For the numerically challenged amongst you, that means 2017 is the seventieth anniversary of this gift. At 6pm on Thursday 7th December, the tree is going to light up Trafalgar Square for another Christmas. Truly, it’s a time for celebration and festive cheer.

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At least, it was until last year’s effort, which wasn’t exactly a fan favourite. Words like “ugly”, “shit”, and “world’s tallest cucumber” were bandied about. But hey, that was 2016, the year we don’t talk about. This year, things will be different. This year, we’ll gasp in unison as a 25-metre spruce illuminates in a blaze of glory. We’ll link hands, sing carols, and spread the famous London cheer across the world.

Alright, enough of the sickening optimism. Cards on the table, we were a touch concerned when this picture appeared on Twitter:

#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/Gq8pNzKktS

— Trafalgar Square Tree (@trafalgartree) December 4, 2017

It looked worryingly wonky, and ripe for criticism. Thankfully, this was just temporary, as it actually looks pretty regal. They don’t call it the “Queen of the Forest” for nothing.

Had a good first sleep in London. Excited to see yew all for the light switch! #TimeToSpruceUp #trafalgartree70 #London #Christmas2017 #ChristmasTree 🇬🇧🎄🇳🇴 #Norway #Oslo pic.twitter.com/i1eW92me50

— Trafalgar Square Tree (@trafalgartree) December 5, 2017

However, this didn’t stop people from getting their jabs in early.

Will you please have pretty lights this year, not the ugly no effort ones that just hang there like broken dreams? It would be so pleasant to have something nice instead. Please?#trafalgarsquare #ChristmasTree @CityWestminster

— I Observe (@ITooObserve) December 6, 2017

The lights hang like that because that’s how Christmas trees are decorated in Norway. So if you’ve got a problem, take it up with Norway, not the tree! At least the tree itself is relentlessly upbeat about the whole thing.

Morning London! It’s a bit chilly out, but I can assure you it’s not as cold as Norway! Who is coming to my 70th lighting ceremony tomorrow at 6pm tomorrow? 🇳🇴🎄🇬🇧

— Trafalgar Square Tree (@trafalgartree) December 6, 2017

So, when the Trafalgar tree lights up for 2017, do try and remember that Christmas is a time for peace on earth and goodwill to all. Even if the tree ends up looking like a cucumber again.

Trafalgar Square’s tree will be switched on at 6pm on Thursday December 7th, and the nearest tube station is Charing Cross.

Still need your own tree? Here’s where to buy one. We’ve also created guides to London’s Christmas lights, Christmas markets, and winter pop-ups.

Featured image: @justefe