Already decked your halls? Or are you looking for some festive decoration inspiration?
‘Tis the season when towering trees heaped with twinkling fairy lights and glittering baubles adorn the streets and squares of many cities around the world. Here are some seasonal shrubs for you to admire. You might even want to replicate them at home, that is if you’ve got a 20ft tree and a few hundred metres of fairy lights to spare. Make merry and check out seven of biggest and brightest displays:
1. Central Plaza, Alba, Italy
In the heart of historic Alba, northern Italy, you’ll find this festive tree. Located outside San Lorenzo Cathedral, its lights cast a warm and Christmassy glow over the 12th century church every evening. Enjoy a gelato (even in December they’re delicious!) and admire this festive scene.
2. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Get the traditional German Christmas experience and visit one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate. Once a symbol of division, people gather here now to see the glorious Christmas tree and do a bit of last-minute shopping at one of Berlin’s 50 Christmas markets, including the one on Unter Den Linden, to the east of the monument.
3. Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Don your warmest festive knitwear and brave Moscow’s bitter winter weather to see the tinselled tree that stands outside GUM, the State Department Store, in Red Square. Fancy recreating this right ol’ Russian tree at home? Pop inside the store to pick up a few decorations to bring back for your own fine fir.
4. Rockefeller Centre, New York City, USA
Rock around this 20ft Christmas tree outside the world-famous Rockefeller Centre in New York. Lit from December 3rd until January 7th, enjoy skating on the ice rink or escape the cold and see the Radio City Spectacular for great live music and plenty of Christmas cheer.
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5. Helsinki Cathedral, Finland
Finland, home to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, is also where you’ll find plenty of pretty Christmas trees this holiday season. Head to the country’s capital and Senate Square to see just one impressive pine outside the city’s cathedral. Looking for a hotel in Helsinki? Check out Skyscanner’s hotel search.
Gaze at this 15ft festive offering in Prešeren Square, Ljubljana, one of Europe’s smallest capital cities. Designed by artist Zmago Modic, 40km of lights blaze by night here in the downtown area. Also worth checking out are Dragon Bridge and nearby Old Town.
7. Vienna Town Hall, Austria
Outside of Vienna’s impressive _Rathaus, _or Town Hall, you’ll find one very large spruce standing in the heart of Austria’s largest Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas market with over 150 stalls offering all sorts of gifts, from tree ornaments to woolly hats. Got your gift list already wrapped up? Hit the ice on the rink here for more festive fun.