Craning in Edinburgh’s Christmas cheer

At 60-foot tall, this year’s Christmas tree towers over Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

The delivery of the 2.3 tonne Sitka Spruce, sourced from a forest in Lennoxtown, required the generous support of Bernard Hunter Cranes who hoisted it into place above the Mound on Saturday.

The tree is now being decorated with 3,000 fairy lights by Field and Lawn, which will start sparkling when it is switched on during Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night on 19 November.

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, said: “Edinburgh’s famous Christmas tree is a fixture on the Mound every winter.

“While the tree has been grown in Scotland, it is gifted to the city by Hordaland County Council to mark the assistance provided by the Scots to Norway during WWII. Upon the fall of Norway in 1940, more than 7,000 exiles were based in Scotland as the Norwegian Brigade, fighting to free their country. The help and support they received from the Scots has never been forgotten.

“This year’s tree towers slightly taller than the last at 60-foot and I am delighted I’ll be joined by a delegation from Hordaland, including the County Convener, to celebrate lighting our 31st tree atop the Mound.”

Watch a video of the tree being installed by Conifox, here.

Christmas tree

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