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Published on : Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Europe is ready for Christmas and the continent is decked in its best with some places showcasing their biggest and most beautifully decorated Christmas trees. We are compiling a list of a few trees however there might be some that we may have missed, so do share your inputs. Celebrate your Christmas with joy and plan your holiday to these destinations to witness the best of the seasons’ celebration.
The capital of Lithuania has two big main Christmas Trees – one in the Cathedral Square and other next to the Town Hall. The locals love to wander the sparkling streets or have a drink in one of many cozy bars and cafes.
The Potsdamer Place Christmas Tree is the classic one – tall, symmetric, shimmering with the beautiful yellow lights. The tree next to the Brandenburg Gate is also wonderful. There are many smaller trees positioned throughout the city.
The city has a tradition of positing an eco-friendly tree. Last year the golden Christmas tree was put in the royal city, surrounded with historic architecture, which also shimmers with all those colorful lights.
Victoria and Albert Museum commissioned a red Christmas Tree this year. While a topiary Reindeer Rudolph in Piazza square is decorated with the Christmas lights and amuses the passersby. Also look how beautiful is Trafalgar Square.
The famous shopping center Galeries Lafayette puts out marvelous Christmas Tree every year. Posited in the fancy surroundings it looks even more shimmering and gorgeous. But the best decoration is Paris’ symbol – Eiffel Tower.
The eternal city and Vatican might not need too many Christmas decorations, since it is rich with architectural heritage. However, the sparkling and amusing decorations and displays are found in the various piazzas.
Christmas in Prague’s Old Town square is nothing short of a dream. With its busy Christmas market and an ice skating rink, it looks right out of a Hallmark card. And nestled in its midst, is the gargantuan 72-feet high tree all lit up, with over a 100 gingerbread-men-shaped ornaments.
Now Dortmund in Germany does not have just the one Christmas tree. Instead, it has one tree which is made up of 1,700 individual spruce trees piled one atop the other. The marvellous construction, in all its glory, lit up with hundreds of lights and candles is quite the spectacle.
The pride and joy of Christmas celebrations in Zurich, this massive spruce tree is adorned with more than 7,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments. It is usually set up inside the iconic Zürich Hauptbahnoff Railway Station amidst the large indoor Christmas market that is held
Romer Christmas Market, Frankfurt
The historic Romer Christmas Market located in Frankfurt, Germany comes alive with brilliant lights and holiday decorations every winter. The Christmas Market dates back to 1393. However, the Evergreen Fir tree that delights shoppers every December was only instituted at the turn of the 20th century.
Red Square, Moscow
This tree, located in the Red Square in Moscow is one of the most remarkable trees in Europe. Also, if you are looking to celebrate Christmas twice this year, travel to Russia as they celebrate on January 25th.
Praca do Comercio, Lisbon
As the tallest tree in Europe, this Christmas tree located in Lisbon, Portugal is 230 feet tall and has thousands of lights. Made of steel, the Praca do Comercio tree is one of the most unique trees on our list and no doubt one of the most remarkable and memorable.
With one of the most historically significant monuments serving as a backdrop, the Christmas tree at the Colosseum is one of the most photographed and beautifully decorated trees in the world. The stunning tree draws millions of people a year to admire it.
Umbrella tree, Goring hotel (London)
Luxury umbrella brand Fulton made the tree outside London’s Goring hotel, so it’s not hard to guess which popular winter accessory features heavily. Mirrored baubles designed to represent raindrops are interspersed with miniature umbrellas set with sequined crystals. One of the brand’s trademark birdcage-style umbrellas — supposedly a favorite of the British royal family — replaces the traditional star at the top of the tree.
Opera Christmas tree, Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa (Bordeaux, France)
Decorated with elaborate opera costumes, yards of lace and hundreds of crystals, the Christmas tree at the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa is the fruit of collaboration with L’Opera National de Bordeaux. The hotel and the opera house share a baroque style, as does the tree — which sings in a nice soprano.
Fendi Christmas tree, Hotel de Russie (Rome)
A highly fashionable tree, creation of the Italian fashion house Fendi, the Christmas tree at Rome’s Hotel de Russie is hung all over with the brand’s plexiglass “bag bug” handbags. The tree at nearby Palazzo Fendi (the fashion house’s headquarters) has a similar theme.
Recycled bottle Christmas tree (London)
Humble in origin but still impressive, the Christmas tree outside Ealing Town Hall in London was crafted from 900 plastic bottles collected by local school children. Made by artist Ashley Phillips, the tree has a serious message: that more waste is produced over the festive season than at any other time of year.
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