News | December 25, 2023

Remarkable Book Themed St. Pancras International Christmas Tree

Penguin Books

The St Pancras Christmas tree

There's one week left to enjoy the free St. Pancras International Christmas tree in the heart of the bustling London station.

Running until January 2024 in collaboration with booksellers Hatchards, the 12m tall masterpiece features a winding staircase and 270 shelves filled with more than 3,800 hand-painted books, including Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Within the tree are eight cosy nooks where visitors can immerse themselves in the magic of Christmas. Each booth is equipped with speakers that allow listeners to select a five minute excerpt from an audiobook, exclusively provided by Penguin Books featuring authors including Beatrix Potter and Zadie Smith.

Luke Taylor, Retail Director at Hatchards said: "Whether we are young or old, books offer an escape from the hurly burly bustle of the modern world that no other medium can compete with. And there are few better ways to enjoy a good read than whistling through the countryside on a train! We are delighted to be partnering with St. Pancras International to bring this joy to the many station visitors, allowing people to escape, relax and enjoy literature for a few moments with the station tree."

St. Pancras International is not only home to the long-established Hatchards, it has a long-established relationship to literature, from its patronage of Sir John Betjeman (Poet Laureate and railway enthusiast), who saved the station from demolition in the 1960s, to the station's close proximity to The British Library, which houses treasured manuscripts from around the world.