Tall Stories 35: Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree
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5 December 2016
As nations around the globe get into the festive season, our Business editor Matt Alagiah takes a look at one of the UK’s most established and deeply symbolic Christmas traditions: the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.
5 December 2016
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