Christmas trees and lights
Like many other European cities, London literally lights up at Christmas time. Expect to see Christmas trees in shop windows and coloured lights – some with incredibly intricate designs – adorning all the main streets and thoroughfares. The most famous Christmas tree in London is the one that is erected in Trafalgar Square. Each year, Norway gives the tree to Londoners as a gift, in recognition of the help Great Britain gave the Norwegians during the Second World War.
London is also famous for its Christmas lights, particularly along the main shopping streets of Oxford Street and Regent Street. London’s Christmas light tradition is thought to date back to Regent Street in the 1880s, which is the first time festive lights were hung. Nowadays, these two shopping streets plus many others have new light displays every year. Some say London’s festive season only truly begins when the lights are switched on, which is usually done by a celebrity every November.
Christmas trees and lights will all have disappeared again by 6th January, which marks the end of the traditional ’12 days of Christmas’. Nowadays, people believe it’s unlucky to leave Christmas adornments up for any longer.