The Christmas tree is an undeniable symbol of the holiday. Even just its shape conjures up the holiday feeling inside. When you see a pine, fir, or spruce tree all lit up and decorated with glittering balls and baubles, you'll know that the Christmas season is here. Some parts of the world have even taken the Christmas tree to a whole new level, such as the Rockefeller Tree in New York City, the 30-meter tree in Strasbourg, France, and the lighted Mount Ingino in Gubbio, Italy. These are just some of the most famous and iconic Christmas trees around the world!
Rockefeller Center in New York City
' is practically synonymous with the Rockefeller Center. Located in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York
, the Christmas tree here is undoubtedly the most famous in the world. Of course, it's mostly because New York is widely regarded as the quintessential metropolis on the planet. So it's only natural that the most famous Christmas tree here is also the best-known in the world. Even the lighting ceremony for the tree is a big deal. Thousands of people attend it and throughout the holiday season, it attracts even more visitors. One of the best things to do during Christmas in New York is to go ice skating near the Christmas tree.
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Capitol Hill in D. C.
Ever since the 1960s, the Christmas tree by Capitol Hill has attracted countless visitors, both locals and tourists alike. You'd think that in such a serious area of Washington D.C.
, literally the seat of power of the country, decorations like this aren't taken seriously. But it's the other way around. Even busy politicians look forward to the Christmas tree lighting every year. Possibly because the tree here is one of the most colorful in the world. It's lighted with every hue possible, not just the usual white, red, green, and yellow. It's as if the rainbow is twinkling here every night!
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Trafalgar Square in London
As one of the central parts of London
, Trafalgar Square is the best spot to set up a Christmas tree. Standing at 20 meters (65.6 feet) tall, you can already see it from a mile away. It's also among the sleekest of the iconic Christmas trees around the world. The shape is so fascinatingly thin that it doesn't look like any other tree anywhere else. It even has a fascinating history behind it. The tradition of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree started back in the late 1940s as a way to cheer people up after World War II. And every year, Norway gives the tree to London as a form of goodwill.
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Though not as famous as the trees in the Rockefeller Center in New York or Trafalgar Square in London, the one in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is also well-known. Part of it is that the city designs it in other, more unique ways. At times, there will be themes like time or chess. Sometimes, they'll also just focus on one color like blue, purple, or white. It's not far-fetched to say that this is the most unique among the most famous Christmas trees in the world. You truly can't miss it when you're spending the holiday season in Lithuania.
Mount Ingino in Gubbio, Italy
Without a doubt, the biggest Christmas tree in the world is the one on Mount Ingino in Gubbio, Italy. Technically, though, it's not the standard Christmas tree that you're familiar with. Instead of a lone tree, it's a collection of light installations that depict the shape of a Christmas tree laid out on the slopes of Mount Ingino. Of course, this means that the best way to look at it is from miles away. And when you see it, you won't ever be impressed by other Christmas trees ever again. It's such a magical and majestic sight!
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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
What could ever trump a mountainous Christmas tree? One that looks like it's floating on water! This is exactly what makes the 84-meter (278 feet) Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro. None other than the Guinness Book of World Records even named it the largest floating Christmas tree in the world. Located on a small island on the Atlantic Ocean, it looks as if the tree is in a world of its own. It's the far-away feeling that makes it such an incredible sight. And that's just the tree itself. What more when it's all lit up and decorated beautifully?
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New Taipei City, Taiwan
In the famous Christmasland in New Taipei City in Taiwan, the tree here is quite a sight to see. Since it's the centerpiece of a bright holiday fantasyland, there's no way that it won't grab your attention when you're in the city. It also helps that they decorate it differently every year. They often decorate it according to various themes, from sports and candies to famous toy brands and even beloved Disney films
too. But no matter the theme, this Christmas tree will never fail to bring a smile to your face!
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At first glance, you might not regard the Christmas tree in Strasbourg, France as anything special. As far as its decorations go, it's not as unique as the other trees on this list. It's beautiful, yes, but it's barely any different from a Christmas tree in your own home, just bigger. With that said, what makes the Christmas tree in Strasbourg worthy to be on this list is the location itself. The city is among the most beautiful in the country, with a French countryside
charm that's straight out of a storybook. At night, when the tree is all lit up and the snow is falling down, you'd swear you were in a Christmas fairytale!
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Some of the most amazing sights are the most iconic Christmas trees around the world. They take this beloved holiday decor to another level. You can even consider them as part of the many wonders of the world!