Christmas is around the corner! This year many Christmas traditions around the world had to be reduced, twisted, adjusted and in most cases simply cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while trying not to totally stifle the Christmas spirit. Christmas trees are one of the traditions that can withstand the coronavirus & almost all the cities in the world have gone all the way to present immense, luminous and creative trees as one of the remaining ways in these hard times to symbolize the special holiday. From a buzzing beehive-themed tree in Paris to the floating tree in Brazil to a tree made of junk in Bolivia, here are the most iconic Christmas trees around the world.
Gubbio Christmas tree - Gubbio, Italy
In Gubbio, individual trees on the slopes of Mount Ingino are decorated with an array of lights to create the stunning visual of a 2,000 ft Christmas tree spanning the mountain from base to peak. This Christmas tree is made from hundreds of real live pine trees. Popularly known as the World’s biggest Christmas tree it is 650 meters tall and 350 meters wide. Additionally it has been in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1991.
Floating Christmas tree - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The list of the beautiful Christmas trees is incomplete without the world’s largest floating Christmas tree. Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro is home to a floating Christmas tree that stretches over 270 feet into the sky, a tradition that began alongside a dazzling fireworks display in 2014. It is built on a floating platform in the middle of lake Lagoa. Every year the tree is decorated in a different way and is illuminated with over three million lights attracting around 200,000 visitors annually. With musical shows and fireworks, this Christmas celebration is truly one of its kind.
Rockefeller Center Christmas tree - New York City, New York
When it comes to Christmas decorations, you just can’t beat New York City. The most popular Christmas tree in the world gets decked up in the heart of the city. The Norway spruce at Rockefeller Center is 75 feet tall and is 45 feet wide. The tree dates back to 1931 when construction workers were building Rockefeller Center. The tree typically has five miles of string lights and a 900-pound star topper made of 3 million Swarovski crystals. The lighting ceremony took place on December 2 this year and the Christmas tree will be lit and displayed until early January 2021 from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM every day. The first lighting is a spectacular event in itself and is watched by millions worldwide.
Galeries Lafayette Christmas tree - Paris, France
A four-storey Christmas tree at Galleries Lafayette in Paris always has a distinct theme to surprise and delight shoppers. This year’s theme is “Embark on a Christmas Voyage” so the tree is crowned with a dome reminiscent of the beautiful Russian churches and filled with superb ornaments such as embroidered baubles and colourful pom-poms that remind revellers of the richness of the world’s cultures. Along with this the tree is adorned with Swarovski crystals. As the tradition at the Galeries Lafayette goes, the windows of the store are decorated with stunning automatons on the same theme. Look how pretty it is!
Taipei Christmas tree - Taipei, Taiwan
Situated in the urban Xinban Special District the Taipei Christmas tree is the centerpiece that transfers the whole area into a Christmasland. Taiwan does not have a public holiday on Christmas but that doesn’t stop its citizens from joining in on the holiday fun. Some of the main highlights of Taipei’s Christmasland include a Christmas market, tall trees, carolers, over-the-top decorations and even a Christmas fair with rides. Christmasland has been taking place for 10 years and this year the light show and installations will feature Disney characters. It attracts an estimated 6 million visitors every year.
White House Christmas tree - Washington DC, USA
Residents in Washington DC enjoy a month-long series of national celebrations centring the history of festive illumination that dates back to 1923. This year’s Christmas Tree at the White House is towering 18ft Douglas fir adorned in gold decorations. The lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree takes place next to The White House. Performances are held daily with something that will enthral every member of your family.
Skyscraping Christmas tree - Puerto de la Sol, Madrid
Christmas trees can be seen as the recent arrival in Spain. During Christmas the streets of Madrid are twinkling with Christmas lights. Among them one can spot skyscraping Christmas trees in different parts of the city such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza San Juan de la Cruz and Plaza de España and more. Trees at Puerta del Sol are constructed almost out of pure yellow light while at the Callao Square resembles a sparkling cloud come to rest on a classic Christmas tree.
Manger Square, Bethlehem
According to the early Christian tradition it is believed to be the site where Jesus was born. The town of Bethlehem is located in the modern-day west bank. A grand celebration takes place with annual Christmas tree lighting. The tree itself is 15 meters high and is located in Manger Square. Hundreds of people pack Bethlehem’s main square and the crowd cheers on as the giant tree is illuminated.
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