The annual tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is a treasured in many cities around the world.
Many have a special story, and all provide a little Joy to the people.
Here are some the most beautiful Christmas trees around the world/
The tree that stands in Trafalgar Square is gifted each year from Oslo.
Since Y 1947, the tree has symbolized the friendship between the 2 nations. It is a token of their gratitude for the support shown by Britain during World War II, when the Norwegian government and its Royal Family were forced into exile during the Nazi occupation.
This year’s Norwegian spruce came from Ullevålsseter in Nordmarka and the tree always features vertical strings of lights, typical of the Scandinavian nation’s pared back style.
New York City, United States
The iconic Christmas tree that stands in front of New York’s Rockefeller Center was originally designed as a pick-me-up for New Yorkers during the Great Depression in the 1930s.
The 1st tree was erected on the site in Y 1931 by local construction workers, the 2 years later it became an official city tradition.
The ice skating rink followed in Y 1936.
This year saw the 86th tree-lighting ceremony, once the Holiday’s are over, the tree will be cut into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity, and be used in home construction.
The Estonian capital claims to have been the 1st in Europe to erect a municipal Christmas tree, though this is disputed by neighboring Latvia, which asserts that Riga’s predated it.
Both cities tell the story of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, a merchant association that donated a tree.
Each year, the tree is installed with lots of ceremony, though never more so than in Y 1711 when Peter the Great, the Russian Emperor showed up to oversee the installation.
A Christmas tree is very meaningful in Bethlehem, where it stands in Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity.
Christians are a minority population in the town believed to be the Birthplace of Jesus, though the town receives thousands of visitors in the run up to this important Christian festival.
The window displays are delightful but it’s the tree inside the French capital’s most famous department store, Galeries Lafayette, that’s breathtaking.
Each year, there is a different theme.
This year, it is the Dream Factory, sponsored by luxury watchmaker Piaget.
Last year the opulent displays featured a tree made of balloons, thought by some to Top the amazing upside-down tree that decorated the store a few years ago.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio’s Árvore de Natal da Lagoa returned this year after a 2-year absence due to lack of sponsorship.
Good news for Yuletide fans as it is thought to be the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, occupying a prime spot in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and lit with over 900,000 LED bulbs see in the feature picture.
Thanks to the support of Petrobras the 70-meter high tree was lit as part of a spectacular music and lights show.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!
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