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Eight Cities with Blinged Out Christmas Trees

November 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | ()

Say goodbye to the days of Christmas trees decked out with strands of popcorn and cranberries or even homemade decorations. Cities around the world have turned to the Austrian crystal-iers of Swarovski to decorate their grand Tannenbaums.

If you're one to drive around the neighborhood oohing and ahhing at the Christmas displays, get your passport ready because we have the list of far-off (and not so far-off) places for you to check out the razzle-dazzle. Here's our list of trees with that special sparkle:

· Visitors to Rockefeller Center can see some glitz as New York's own Norway Spruce is topped with a crystal star shining 80 feet over the ice rink. The lighting ceremony took place last night, so you have the rest of the season.

· The folks in Innsbruck don't have to ship the crystals too far for their Marktplatz Weihnachtsbaum since the headquarters are about 8 miles down the road in the village of Wattens.

· If your travels bring you through London Heathrow, keep your eyes peeled for a 12' crystaline tree in the middle of T5. With 2,000 decorations it mightn't be difficult to miss.

· Even though it doesn't snow in Sydney, it might be nice to visit the 78 foot tree donning the glass decorations in the Queen Victoria Building. Leading up to Christmas there are even days the domed center will snow on visitors to give the feeling of a white Christmas.

· Paris is a fashion capital and, of course, they would have a tree made of sparkles. Head to Galleries Lafayette to check-out the 4-story tree in the center court.

· Toronto gets into the spirit with two trees. Yorkdale Shopping Centre has a tree decked out in crystal ornaments. There's also a 50 foot tree in the Eaton Centre, but on't expect a traditional tree since this one is a is lit with pinks, purples, and orange and acts more of an art installation.

· With very little religious affiliation to the Christmas tree, even Tokyo trims their trees with Swarovski. The Omotesando Hills building gets shoppers a bit more festive with a 33 foot tree.

· Although not the glamor of crystals, Hong Kong's Statue Square boasts a tree that is hued in the iconic blue and white of Tiffany's. The designer tree is on show for the entire Winter Fest season.

Hopefully with all of these high-glam trees to celebrate the festive season, even perennial Scrooges can even get into the holiday spirit. Let's just leave the expensive gift lists to these cities because they obviously have taste.

[Photo: Rockefeller Center]

Archived Comments:

Merry Christmas Everyone!

As times change, we have progresses not only in the field of music, medicine and mythology, but we've also stretched our imagination beyond limits. In the efforts to make Christmas special; year after year, creative geniuses around the world come up with exceptional ideas to decorate the customary tree...Love it!!! Merry Christmas everyone :)

Carol Stream Locksmiths

Christmas is is the air right now, love to visit on the cities that was featured. The art is really great!