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The decorations at Hotel D’Angleterre
The decorations at Hotel D’Angleterre

The world’s most famous Christmas trees

The peak season for Christmas trees and decorations all over the world will soon be upon us, which means that from north to south, the annual competition to boast the most expensive and spectacular tree of all will be as heated as ever.

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The National Christmas Tree at the White House

There’s no shortage of Christmas trees at the White House. As well as the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room, there are often more than 30 other Christmas trees on Capitol Hill. The National Christmas Tree outside the White House is accessible to everyone, though, and is lit each year by the presidential family.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington

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The Norwegian tree in Trafalgar Square

Christmas is a time for giving, and, appropriately, the huge tree in Trafalgar Square in London is a gift from Norway, which has donated one every year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support during World War II. The tree is a Norway spruce and is usually more than 20m tall, over 60 years old and decorated with 500 lights.

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The Christmas tree at Rådhuspladsen and the decorations at Hotel D’Angleterre

Copenhageners flock to see the lights switched on on the 20m-tall Christmas tree at Rådhuspladsen on the last Sunday in November. Another attraction is the unveiling of the decorations at the luxury five-star Hotel D’Angleterre at Kongens Nytorv that takes place mid-November and gets the Christmas spirit going in the Danish capital.

Hotel D’Angleterre

Kongens Nytorv 34

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Vatican Christmas Tree

Pope John Paul II first introduced a Christmas tree in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome in 1982, and since then various European countries have donated one every year. Last year’s tree came from Italy and was 25m high, and was decorated with ceramic ornaments made by children with cancer.

Saint Peter’s Square

Saint Peter’s Square

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Galeries Lafayette

The 20m-tall tree at this luxury shopping paradise in Paris is the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the world. It’s made of metal and stands under the gallery’s beautiful dome, where each year it’s dressed with new decorations.

Galeries Lafayette

40 Boulevard Haussmann

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The legendary tree at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York is almost 30m high, has around 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and is topped with a star containing 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The lights will be switched on on 29 November.

Rockefeller Plaza

45 Rockefeller Plaza

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Text: Lise Hannibal

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