WORCESTER is already getting into the festive spirit as the city's official Christmas trees are being installed today (Monday, November 13).

A 30-foot Norway spruce, from Solihull, was erected this afternoon at the Cathedral roundabout and a larger 36-foot tree is due to be installed on the New Road/St John’s roundabout tonight.

Other small Christmas trees, from Leigh Sinton, near Malvern, will be going up in the city centre and St John’s.

Throughout the next week lights will be installed on the trees and decorations will be put up across the city, in time for this year's Christmas light switch on, set to take place on Thursday, November 23.

The work is being carried out at night to minimise disruption. The light will be tested ahead of the festivities.

A city council spokesman: "It’s exciting to be putting this year’s Christmas trees in place in the city centre and St John’s as festive excitement starts to build.

"We’ll be installing this year’s all-new Christmas lights overnight during the next week and for the first time we’re putting white fairy lights in the trees along High Street, creating an extra magical effect.

"We hope hundreds of people will joining us to see the mayor and Pudsey Bear switch on the lights outside the Guildhall on Thursday, November 23 from 4pm."