The countdown to Christmas starts with the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree on 5 December in Trafalgar Square at 18.00.
The Norwegian Spruce is a gift from the people of Norway to London to say thank you for Britain’s support during World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947. The tree will be lit by the Mayor of Westminster, Norwegian Ambassador and governing Mayor of Oslo. The Salvation Army and St Martin-in-the-Fields choir will sing carols.
Blessing of the Crib
On 8 December, a dramatisation of the Christmas nativity for today, with carols, action, music, prayer and a live donkey. Meet on the church steps at 17.20 for a torch-lit procession to Trafalgar Square led by the Salvation Army Band with the Choir and Clergy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
9-24 December, 16.00-21.00 (14.00-19.00 weekends). Come and enjoy festive carols beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square during December.