Norwegian Christmas tree lit in Cardiff

The Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with friends from Hordaland in Norway on Sunday 30 November.

Cardiff and Hordaland have been twinned since 1996. They enjoy a long tradition of friendship since the Norwegian Church was built in the 1860s as a ‘home away from home’ for Norwegian sailors. It is also famous as the location where Roald Dahl was christened.

 In connection with the ceremony, the iconic arts centre and coffee shop were transformed to Christmas markets in celebration of the day. The local Salvation Army band accompanied a crowd of local residents and Norwegian friends singing Christmas carols and their national anthems. During the lighting of the Christmas tree, the audience was basked in the evening light of the sun setting against the beautiful backdrop of Cardiff Bay. Later, an intimate classical concert celebrated the works of Grieg, Sæverud and Peterson Berger, performed by a trio of Norwegian and Swedish talent.

The Norwegian Christmas tree in Cardiff illustrates the strong link between Wales and Hordaland on Norway's west coast.


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