Norwegian Christmas Trees in the UK

Last updated: 31/10/2013 // The Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is world-famous. Since 1947 the pine tree in central London has been a gift from the people of Norway in recognition of Britain's support during World War II. However, that is not the only Norwegian Christmas tree in the UK!

There are a range of Norwegian Christmas trees around the UK every year with accompanying Lighting Ceremonies. 

The annual gift of a Christmas tree has come to symbolize the warm and close relationship between the people of Norway and the people of Britain. We enjoy the close historical and cultural links, and the cultural affinity between the two countries has developed over the centuries and continues to grow today.

Join us in lighting up the dark months before Christmas in Sunderland, Grimsby, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle, London and the Orkney Islands.



Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Stavanger tree
Thursday 14 November
Sunderland Civic Centre

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Sortland tree
Thursday 21 November
Grimsby Minster Church

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Hordaland tree
Sunday 24 November, 3 - 4.50pm
Main Stage, George Street

Advent Concert
Monday 25 November, 7pm
St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony – Stavanger tree
Thursday 28 November
Union Street, Aberdeen

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bergen tree
Thursday 28 November
Newcastle Civic Centre

Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony – Oslo tree
Thursday 5 December, 6pm
Trafalgar Square, London

Royal Norwegian Annual Christmas Concert
Friday 6 December, 7.30pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

Orkney Islands
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Hordaland tree
Saturday 7 December, 5pm
Orkney Islands Council
– will be lit by fylkesordførar Mr Tom-Christer Nilsen

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Grimstad tree
Sunday 8 December, 11.15am (will be lit during the usual Church of Scotland morning service)
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall



Norwegian Christmas Fair
Saturday 16 November, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Renfield St. Stephen’s Church Centre
260 Bath Street, Glasgow

Sunday 1 December, 5.30-8pm (doors open at 5pm)
The High School of Glasgow Pavilion
637 Crow Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow G13 1PL

The Scandinavian Christmas Market 
22 - 24 November
The Norwegian Church
Albion Street, London SE16 7JB


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