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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches. Christmas is all around. The lights have been up on Regent’s Street and Oxford Circus for weeks but let’s take a look at the trees. From NYC to Sydney, these Christmas trees are the most spectacular in the world.

Rockefeller Center – New York


A visit to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in December is a must for any holiday in New York. The tree is typically a Norway spruce and is quite the holiday centrepiece for mid-town Manhattan. Standing anywhere from 21-30 metres tall, the Rockefeller Center has not missed a year since 1933 when the first tree was erected in the plaza. The lights is decorated with 30,000+ lights on 5 miles worth of wiring.

Gifts for under every traveller’s tree this Christmas

Galeries Lafayette – Paris


Come December Paris’ famous Galeries Lafayette is packed with Christmas shoppers. The department store is located on Boulevard Haussmann and houses one of the city’s most impressive Christmas trees. Located with the building’s impressive Belle-Epoque cupola for a backdrop, the Lafayette tree is a sight to see at this time of year.

Christmas in Paris: pure magic

Brandenburg Gate – Berlin


If you’re in the German capital this time of the year it’s impossible to miss the massive tree that stands next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. The tree is traditionally decorated by a Norwegian town and adorned with stars, angels, red apples and thousands of lights. Pair this tree with the fantastic Christmas market that is set up along Unter Den Linden and you’re set!

Queen Victoria Building – Sydney


Australians really know how to deck the halls and the Christmas tree in the QVB is no exception. The massive tree is decorated with no less than 144,000 Swarovski crystals and 60,000 lights. It is put up every year at the end of October and spans an impressive three levels. It takes more than 40 hours to put up and decorate with the help of 72 technicians, lighting consultants, engineers and of course crystal makers.

Christmas in Sydney

What’s your favourite Christmas tree to visit in December?

Imgs: nyc, paris, berlin, sydney

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