Weesper mop? Weesp not amused as Amsterdam forgets to provide Christmas tree

A Christmas tree on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam city council has forgotten to order a Christmas tree for the town of Weesp, which officially merged with the capital this year.

The Oudegracht in Weesp, which would normally see an eight metre tall tree hoisted onto a pontoon this time of year, has remained treeless, and locals are unhappy, the Parool reported.

‘It’s a wonderful sight,’ Christmas tree coordinator Kit Miles told the paper. ‘We’re talking about a very big tree.’ Miles said the omission by Amsterdam is painful ‘particularly because it is the first Christmas we are celebrating as part of Amsterdam.’

‘Perhaps we should have included the provision of a Christmas tree in our agreement before we merged with Amsterdam,’ he said.

Meanwhile, efforts by the council to save Christmas in Weesp have led to a promise that all shall be well.

‘The central city district organises the provision of trees for Dam square and Museumplein. The other districts are organising their own trees and Weesp must have fallen out of the loop. But there will be a tree, I promise you that,’ an Amsterdam council spokesman said.

Miles said he is pleased but only cautiously optimistic. ‘It’s not that easy to find an eight metre tree,’ he said.

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