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It takes 7,200 lights, 1,200 baubles, 600 sparkly twigs and an army of people to get our trees up and ready before opening. 

See how this year's decorations are inspired by Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece:

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How does the Gallery prepare for Christmas?


Picture of the month 

Read our picture of the month for December, the small but beautiful 'Nativity at Night' by Netherlandish artist Geertgen tot Sint Jans, or see it in Room 63:

Winter wonderlands and the original Christmas story

Leave the crowds behind and escape to a snowy street in Paris or learn how different artists have painted scenes of the Nativity through history:

If you hadn't already noticed, a lot of our paintings relate to the Nativity.

You can learn more about the original Christmas story here or at one of our events

Eat, drink and be merry...

... with a special three-course festive menu at the National Café from £35 per person. 

In the heart of the West End, we're perfectly placed for post-Christmas shopping or pre-panto dining. Oh yes we are! 

Christmas in Trafalgar Square

Nelson isn't Trafalgar Square's only resident celebrity; every December the city's favourite Christmas tree arrives from Norway. This year, for the first time, it's joined by a festive market in the Square. 

Find out more about what's on in Trafalgar Square.

Visit our Christmas shop