Come to the traditional ceremony on Lange Voorhout as the lights in the Swedish Christmas Tree will be lit, and listen to the Santa Lucia choir and Salvation Army Band. Enjoy a glass of hot chocolate or Gluhwein next to the Christmas tree and celebrate the start of the Christmas Season.
Feast of Lucia
The Embassy of Sweden has donated a Swedish Christmas tree to the city of The Hague almost every year since 1998. The candles in the tree are traditionally lit on 13 December, the day upon which the Feast of Lucia is celebrated in Sweden. At the darkest time of the year Lucia, dressed in white and with candles in her hair, will bring light into the dark winter night.
The L-shaped Lange Voorhout in The Hague merits its reputation as one of the finest urban ensembles in Europe. Its rows of linden trees were first planted by Emperor Charles V, and are supposed to have inspired the layout of Berlin’s great boulevard Unter den Linden. It was here in the 17C and 18C that the famous and fashionable came to see and be seen, particularly during the Sunday church parade. Close your eyes and it’s easy to imagine the clip-clopping of hooves of the many horses that once rode along this shell-lined lane.