The St Albans & Harpenden Review is delighted to be the sponsor of a five metre tall Christmas tree bedecked with coloured lights outside the town hall in the heart of the city.

It’s been quite a number of years since the city’s shoppers have had the lights of a Christmas tree twinkling down on them in the market square, but , now thanks to a £1,000 worth of sponsorship from the Review, we can now cast a little bit of Christmas magic over the city centre.


Councillor Beric Read, portfolio holder for community engagement and localism at St Albans District Council, said: “The tree provides a focus point in the centre of the city, linking the new Christmas market with our regular 1,000-year-old market.

“This is the first time that we have installed a Christmas tree in the city centre outside the Town Hall and the reaction has been positive. Covered in multi-coloured lights and standing five metres high, the tree has quickly become a local landmark.

“The tree was unveiled at the launch of the Christmas market and provided a festive backdrop for the Oompah and other performers on the night.

“Graduates from the University of Hertfordshire have also been spotted having their photos taken beneath the tree.

“Without the support of the Review this tree would not have taken centre stage in the city. The council hopes to make a Christmas tree outside the Town Hall a regular festive feature in the city.”

Martin Buhagiar, former Review editor and a member of the Retailer of the Year committee, added: “The retailers of St Albans have wanted a tree in place in the city centre for years, and we were happy to provide it for them.

“The St Albans & Harpenden Review has been behind the Retailer of the Year awards for eight years, and sponsoring the tree is another example of our commitment to the retailers and residents of St Albans.”