Heading to London this Christmas? Make sure you don't miss the spectacular display of decorations which light up the city streets and squares every year, leaving you with a warm glow in the cold night air.
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Planning a trip to the capital of the UK at Christmas time? Enjoy the city dressed to its best with our guide to the glittering and magical city illuminations.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Surely the most majestic sight in London come December, the giant tree in Trafalgar Square is given every year as a gift from Norway to the people of Britain in thanks for their support during the Second World War.

The first tree was presented to the city in 1947 and has become a dazzling highlight of the city decorations.

The tree is selected in Norway in November and is cut down in a ceremony attended by the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayors of Oslo and Westminster.

Usually measuring over 20 metres tall, and adorned with over 500 twinkling white lights, the awe-inspiring Norway Spruce is a gathering point for carol singers bringing Christmas cheer to all around.

The tree is first lit up at the beginning of December and carol singing groups entertain every evening to the crowds, collecting funds for charitable causes with the lights glimmering in the background.

The Oxford Street Illuminations

Not only one of London’s favourite shopping streets, Oxford Street is renowned for having a spectacular display of festive lights.

In 2013, the 54th annual Oxford Street Christmas lights will be switched on at a spectacular ceremony hosted by the world’s top department store Selfridges on 12 November.The switching on ceremony attracts great, excited crowds and a big cheer as the illuminations are revealed. Make sure you get there early to get a space!

In line with Oxford Street’s fashionable and up-to-date image, every single one of the 250,000 sparkling light bulbs which make up the display are energy efficient LEDs.

The happy and environmentally friendly glow created by the lights creates the perfect atmosphere for a spot of present shopping in the street’s many top rate stores.

Trafalgar Square Carols

During the month of December, a popular annual carol singing programme organised by the Mayor of London takes place beneath the twinkling lights of the great Christmas tree.

Charities and other organisations are able to raise funds for good causes every evening, while the audience will be treated to a little Christmas treat that will leave you with a warm glow inside.

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      Surely the most majestic sight in London come December, the giant tree in Trafalgar Square is given every year as a gift from Norway to the people of Britain in thanks for their support during the Second World War.

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