Trafalgar Sq, London » Entertainment » Festivals

Trafalgar Square is full of others regular annual events and off’ special occasions. According to the different months people celebrate their festivals.

  • January- Russian winter festival

It is a free event in Trafalgar Square offering a wonderful taste of Russian traditional and contemporary music and entertainment. According to Tsarist calendar it marks Russia’s ‘Old New Year’ - New Year prior to 1917 and still celebrated in Russia around mid-January.

  • January/February - Chinese New Year

This is a festival which provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Chinese arts, heritage and culture at many different cultural institutions, galleries, museums and visitor attractions throughout the capital. Festival also includes celebrations for the Chinese New Year of the Ox, the Shanghai Week in London, the London Chinese Film Festival and Variety show and many other events.

  • March- St Patrick's Day

The day includes Parade with marching bands from Ireland and the UK, community groups, sports cubs, schools and street theatre. They take to the central London streets for a family spectacle with fun. People enjoy this day as free family day out and experience best things like Irish food, dance, crafts, culture and music.

  • April- St George's Day

This day is celebrated with a series of free events. During this time of the year world famous Borough Market is relocated on Trafalgar Square for the central theme of English Food.

  • April-Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year festival)

It is, the Sikh New Year Festival, the annual celebration of Vaisakhi.

It includes performances of traditional and modern Asian music and dance. Committee with support from the Mayor of London organizes Vaisakhi on the Square in London.

  • August- Liberty Festival

Liberty festival includes shows for street arts, comedy, carnival, film, music, food and children’s activities. It is annually held approximately in late August or early September. It is London’s most accessible outdoor festival and a range of facilities and services are available on the day which includes disability awareness, trained stewards, BSL interpretation and audio description, induction loops at information points, wheelchair loan service and free parking nearby for blue badge holders.

  • September- Simcha

It is the celebration of Jewish culture on the Square which includes some finest Jewish music and dance of the UK. People heading to Simcha are invited to participate in the traditional Shofar. It is a massed blow of the ram's horn on stage to create the haunting sound that has resounded through synagogues since ancient times. Exhibitions, food, children's activities, and market stalls of books, music, jewellery and contemporary Jewish arts are also the attracting features of the festival.

  • October- Eid (Muslim festival)

Eid in the Square is Muslim Festival which is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. This period is observed by millions of followers of Islam around the world all together, including London. Diverse communities, families and friends are brought together by this festival.

  • October/November- Diwali

Diwali is marked as the Festival of Lights celebrated by followers of Hindu religion. Around 25,000 people come to the square for celebrating this event. It is a wonderful day for all the family and magical light displays and music and dance performances add more beauty to the festival. The National Gallery also celebrates Diwali with dance, music and storytelling.

  • Trafalgar Square Festival

This is London’s annual programme performed in the heart of the capital with the spectacular street arts and performance.

  • Christmas on Trafalgar Square and Carol-singing

Since 1947 Christmas tree has been given to the people of London and it is celebrated enthusiastically in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. The decorated Christmas tree with centrally focused traditional carol-singing programme lends charm to the ceremony. Thousands of groups take part to raise funds for charitable or voluntary organizations. All are welcome to join the square to listen the carol singing.

Christmas tree of this special Christmas is usually a Norwegian spruce over 20 meters high and is 50-60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo and maintained with great care for several months and for years also. It is decorated with vertical strings of energy-efficient light bulbs. The tree is chipped and composted to make mulch and remains in Trafalgar Square until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas.