The nights are getting colder, the Christmas songs are beginning to annoy in shops and the smell of Bratwurst and mulled wine is in the air. These are the unmistakable signs that Christmas is around the corner and London will be looking forward to some Xmas cheer after the difficult last couple of years.
The Christmas market is quite a late addition to the festivities in Trafalgar Square which has long been the centre of Christmas celebrations.
The Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square is based on the German Christmas markets that have gained popularity in the UK over the last 20 years. The history of Christmas markets in Europe and especially Germany go back to medieval times but the UK and London have had their everyday markets for centuries.
From the 1980s, thousands of people from the UK would visit the German Christmas markets in Germany until enterprising stall holders and event organisers transferred the idea into the UK.
The markets offers food, drink and seasonal gifts from attractive from open-air stalls,
German sausages sizzle in big pans, Gingerbread and German cakes are popular
and you can drink gluehwein or lager in freezing conditions.
Another attraction is that these markets in London are often situated in picturesque locations like Trafalgar Square with a backdrop of the National Gallery.
Trafalgar Square is known for ‘The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree’ which is usually a Norwegian spruce over 20 metres high and 50 to 60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo years, in advance. The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion.
The lighting ceremony of the tree, takes place in Trafalgar Square at the beginning of December each year. The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947 and signals the countdown to Christmas in London.
The is also a Blessing of the crib ceremony and carol singing in Trafalgar Square in December.
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