Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tree lights up in Copenhagen - Denmark


Annual tree lighting brings festive cheer to Copenhagen
The recent snowfall made for a picture perfect scene (Photo: Scanpix)

The city Christmas tree was lit in the town square, RĂ„dhuspladsen, yesterday with a traditional ceremony delighting onlookers.
This is the 95th time that a municipal tree has been lit on the first Sunday in advent, and the occasion was preceded by a parade led by Father Christmas, from Nyhavn up to the City Hall.  Father Christmas then climbed a fire truck ladder to light the 23 metre tree.
Christmas trees first came to Denmark in 1810, when Countess Wilhelmine Holstein, having seen the tradition in Germany, decorated a spruce tree for her daughter.  

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