Annual tree lighting brings festive cheer to Copenhagen
The city Christmas tree was lit in the town square, Rådhuspladsen, 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.