In the Old Market Square in Nottingham the hub of the city the Corporation has erected not only a decorated Christmas tree but also a large Crib.
The illuminations were switched on for the first time this week by the Lord Mayor, and choirs of school children and the city teachers have. been singing carols between the tree and the Crib.
T h c Nottingham Co operative Society, which has its own theatre, is staging a Nativity play, and the Nottingham Theatre Club is staging Henri Gehon's "Christmas in the Market Place."
Many council schools arc also putting on Nativity plays, and on Sunday a Baptist church has replaced its evening service with yet another play.
Beside a bus stop on a main street at Mill Hill, an illuminated Crib has been built by the Knights of St. Columba. It stands on church ground and is in full view of people passing up and down the Broadway.
At Newcastle Central Station a big Crib has been put up at the foot of a Christmas tree in the entrance hall.
For the second year, Bristol Knights of St. Columba have arranged for a Crib to stand near the giant Christmas tree set up in the City centre.