City Hall's seasonal festivities

Get in the seasonal spirit with these festive celebrations in London.

Celebrating Christmas in Trafalgar Square

Christmas tree
Since 1947, each year a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from Norway in gratitude for Britain's support to Norway during World War II. For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas. 

Over 40 carol singing groups will gather beneath the famous Christmas tree to entertain visitors to Trafalgar Square during December. Why not come along? Performances take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and from 2-6pm at weekends.

Read the story of the Christmas tree 

Mayor's Christmas Carol Service 2016: 19 December

Christmas Carol
The Mayor is getting ready to host his first Christmas Carol Service at the beautiful Southwark Cathedral.

Tickets have sold out but you can still join in the festivities through our social media channnels on Monday 19 December. In the meantime, check out the photos from last year's carol service!

Menorah on Trafalgar Square: 24 December - 1 January

Chanukah in the Square
Come and see the giant menorah lit up for Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Trafalgar Square.

The menorah will be on display from 24th December until 1st January, with one of the lights lit each day. Due to the timing of Chanukah this year, the event organisers (the Jewish Leadership Council and London Jewish Forum) have chosen not to have a lighting ceremony event on Trafalgar Square.