London’s St. Pancras’ Christmas Tree Display Is A 12-Metre Dream With 3,800 Hand-Painted Books

by Mallika Khurana
London’s St. Pancras’ Christmas Tree Display Is A 12-Metre Dream With 3,800 Hand-Painted Books

In London, where the pace of life races like a river, there’s a place where time seems to stand still. It’s a place where the magic of Christmas collides with the timeless enchantment of literature. St. Pancras International, one of the city’s iconic landmarks, has unveiled a masterpiece that promises to take you on a journey like no other: the 2023 Christmas display, a whimsical collaboration with the storied institution, Hatchards.

Experience The Magic Of St. Pancras’ Christmas Tree


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Picture this: a Christmas tree that defies convention, soaring a majestic 12 metres into the air. But it’s not the height that captures your imagination; it’s the astonishing transformation of this tree into a literary wonderland. The branches are not adorned with traditional ornaments but with an intricate cascade of 3,800 hand-painted books. Each book is an invitation, a key to unlocking a world of imagination.

Yet, what sets this tree apart is not just its appearance; it’s the winding spiral staircase that seems to beckon you into a world of stories. The shelves of this magnificent tree house contain literary treasures that have stood the test of time, from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” to C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It’s as if the tree itself has sprung from the pages of these timeless tales—an enchanting blend of reality and fantasy.

But this is no mere decoration; it’s an immersive experience, a literary adventure waiting to be explored. Within the branches of this enchanting tree, you’ll discover eight cosy nooks, each an invitation to step inside and immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas. Equipped with speakers, these nooks provide an auditory escape as well. You can choose from a selection of sixteen different audiobooks. Each of them will be narrated by literary luminaries such as Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, and Zadie Smith.

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The Christmas Tree That Takes You On A Literary Journey

But there’s more to this display than meets the eye. It’s a celebration of literature itself, an invitation to disconnect from our screens and rediscover the pure joy of reading. In an era dominated by digital trends and social media, St. Pancras and Hatchards beckon us to return to the transformative power of books.

St. Pancras International isn’t just a transportation hub; it’s a sanctuary for book lovers. It’s home to Hatchards, a historic bookstore that has played host to literary legends like Richard Osman, Nick Hornby, and Ian McEwan for events and book signings. Its deep connection to the world of literature is evident in its history. The station’s proximity to the British Library, a treasure trove of manuscripts from around the world, adds another layer to its literary mystique.

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As you step into the world of St. Pancras International’s Christmas Tree, you’re not merely witnessing a decoration. You’re embarking on an adventure that sweeps you off your feet and transports you to captivating new worlds. It’s not just a Christmas display; it’s a portal to enchantment. The tree is a testament to the timeless allure of literature in the heart of bustling London.

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