Look North More Often: The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree 

It’s probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, and its lighting-up ceremony has come to signify the beginning of the Christmas season in the British capital. A specially commissioned new poem is at the heart of the celebrations.

This year’s poem is entitled ‘Decorating the Tree’ and was read at the official lighting up ceremony by three children from
St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School, London Borough of Westminster, at 6pm on Thursday 5th December.

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is the City of Oslo’s annual gift to the people of London, a tradition that dates back to 1947. Since 2009, the Poetry Society has worked with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London to create a poetry project inspired by the tree, which is now established as a central part of the tradition.

A free poetry resource pack for teachers is available upon request. You can also download a sample PDF lesson plan here, and some background about the project here and here.

For more information contact Robyn Donaldson, Marketing Assistant, on marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk  or call the Poetry Society on 020 7420 9880.

Read more about the history of the project here.

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