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Christmas Poetree: Trafalgar Square’s poetic lighting ceremony

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 4, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

The Christmas tree that takes pride of place in Trafalgar Square each December is actually a lot more than just a Christmas tree. It doesn’t have any magical powers (we wish) but it does present a long-standing friendship between Britain and Norway. Every year since 1947, Norway has been presenting Britain with a tree, and every year there’s an official lighting up ceremony, which this year is happening on Thursday December 5 at 6pm.

Part of this year’s ceremony is the Look North More Often project, a collaboration between the Poetry Society and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The project brings poets and children together to compose a poem inspired by the gift of the tree. Cute! During the ceremony, the poem will be read out by three schoolchildren from St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School, and displayed on banners around the tree. It should be illuminating (sorry!).

The ceremony will take place on Thursday December 5 at 6pm and the poem will be on display until January 6. 

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