The Christmas tree is chosen with great care, usually many years before it is to be used. The foresters provide a lot of care for the tree, making sure it grows straight and tall. They often describe the tree as the ‘Queen of the Forest’. After the tree has been carefully chopped and prepared, it makes its journey across the pond on a big barge and is eventually set in the middle of Trafalgar Square.
A special Lighting of the Tree ceremony is held at the beginning of December. About 10,000 Londoners gather in Trafalgar Square to participate, to see the tree light up and to sing Christmas carols. A nativity scene is placed on the west side of the square, which is dedicated at a special service on the Sunday after the lighting ceremony.
Throughout the Christmas season Londoners visit Trafalgar Square to participate in the daily celebrations, sing carols and donate to charities.
Norwegian Christmas trees are also given to the cities of Coventry, Newcastle, Sunderland and Edinburgh, and also the Orkney Islands.