Christmas isn’t complete without a fully decorated tree and this tradition is traced back to 16th-century Germany. Christians began to decorate trees and if times were tough, simple pyramid-shaped stacks of wood were displayed inside their homes. Since then, different countries around the world have long adopted the tradition and made it their own.
From New York City to Lithuania, here are some of the most stunning seasonal trees that brighten up the festive season.
Not only is the Dortmund Christmas Market is one of the most famous markets in Germany, but it also showcases what is touted as the biggest Christmas tree in the world. The market’s centrepiece at Hansaplatz stands at 45 metres and decked with over 45,000 lights that bathe the area with a seasonal glow.
A first for Milan, the giant Christmas tree that stands tall in the heart of Piazza Duomo embraces sustainability. A gift by Milanese supermarket brand Esselunga, the tree is surrounded by a ring of spurs, which are set to be replanted after the festive period.
Trafalgar Square, London
The Norwegian city of Oslo has been gifting a Christmas tree to decorate Trafalgar Square in Central London since 1947. Their yearly present is a sign of gratitude for the support that Britain offered the country during the second world war.
A sight for sore eyes, this year’s spectacularly decorated Christmas tree in Vilnius resembles the 14-15th century Queen figure from the chess game. Keeping sustainability in mind, the branches used in the construction are defiled from the trees by foresters while carrying out the general maintenance of the forest.
New York City, USA
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree’s annual lighting is a huge spectacle for New Yorkers and visitors alike. It is celebrated with a variety of performances. This year, legendary artists including the likes of John Legend, Idina Menzel, Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele, Chicago, and NE-YO performed to a crowd of over 20,000 punters attending the event.