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OMG! An Xmas tree made out of 365 sledges

You simply have to see this quirky festive installation in King's Cross

It looks like a tree from a far, but it's made of wooden sledges. Photo: JS
It looks like a tree from a far, but it’s a ‘thing’. Got it? Photo: JS

Down on Granary Square in King’s Cross – you know, where the fountains light up at night, and the students drift back and forth from Central Saint Martin’s – they’ve installed no ordinary fir tree to celebrate yuletude.

Hell, no: instead the towering festive sculpture, right by the canalside steps, is made from a whopping 365 toboggans. And it’s called, inevitably, Let it Snow. There’s an accompanying light installation too, which actually left us quite transfixed.

Let it snow. Photo: John Sturrrock
Changing colours. Photo: John Sturrrock

The imaginative Christmas installation follows in the footsteps of last year’s atmospheric Winter Sun and 2013’s ace projected laser “rave tree”.

Even better, you can step right inside for the all-important selfie. Just don’t try and nick a sledge – otherwise we forsee a slightly terrifying Jenga-style situation.


Let It Snow is on display until 6th January 2016. It kicks off the Lumiere London light festival, which runs in King’s Cross from January 14th-17th 2016.

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