Christmas 2022: When Newcastle’s Bergen Tree will be turned turned on - date, location and time

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The Bergen tree has been gifted to Newcastle by Bergen in Norway for over 70 years.

With December underway, and the countdown to Christmas well and truly on, Newcastle is set to look a lot more festive. This is because the Bergen tree, a staple of the city, is due to be turned on.

For over 70 years, Newcastle has received a Christmas tree every year from the city of Bergen in Norway. It is sent as a token of gratitude for the city’s support and friendship during the second world war.

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For the first time in two years, people will be able to attend the turning on of the Bergen tree in person. In recent years, the event has been online only, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayor of Bergen, Linn Kristin Engø will also be in attendance and will join the Lord Mayor of Newcastle for the festivities. Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Karen Robinson said: “I am so delighted we are again able to celebrate this fantastic event in person this year, and also welcome back the Mayor of Bergen from our twin city.

“Newcastle has always enjoyed a close relationship with Bergen, and it gives me great pleasure to be able to accept their generous gift of a tree on behalf of the people of our city. I am so looking forward to the evening and would like to invite everyone to share this special occasion as we celebrate the festive season.”

When and where is the Bergen tree being turned on in Newcastle?

The Bergen tree will be lit at approximately 5:30pm at the Civic Centre in Newcastle on Thursday, December 1 2022. The evening’s activities will begin at 5pm with traditional Christmas carols and songs.

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