Sprucing Things Up with Stellar Christmas Trees from Around the Globe

With the countdown to Christmas underway, trees adorned in sparkling decorations are popping up all over cities, towns and windows across the world

With the countdown to Christmas underway, trees adorned in sparkling decorations are popping up all over  cities, towns and windows across the world. From traditional pine trees with colourful baubles and lights, to more abstract creations nodding to a distinct local characteristic. Below is a stellar line up of 2021’s most spectacular Christmas trees to get you in the festive spirit.

Hong Kong – The harbour-side tree in West Kowloon
For the first time, Hong Kong’s Christmas tree has moved from its usual location in the Central District to West Kowloon, the city’s newest neighbourhood and one of the largest cultural hubs in the world. Standing at six stories high with a festive music and light show, this magnificent tree is set against the panoramic backdrop of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. The West Kowloon Cultural District is now coming to life after more than 20 years of planning, and blends art, architecture, performance and green spaces in one area. For the whole of December, the neighbourhood’s harbour-side Art Park has been transformed into a European style Christmas town inspired by the quaint villages of France. www.discoverhongkong.com

Arizona – The sparkling tumbleweed tree
Drawing inspiration from a tradition which dates back to 1957, the Arizonan city of Chandler has spent the last two months collecting dried Russian thistle bushes for their tumbleweed tree. According to folklore, a fire which destroyed all of the Christmas decorations in the city inspired the locals to create a tree that is made entirely of these repurposed plants. This Christmas Tree is made up of over 1,000 tumbleweeds coated with 65 pound of glitter, sprayed in white paint and lit up, bringing the snow to the city that never sees a white Christmas. www.visitarizona.com

New York City – The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
The world famous tree at the Rockefeller Center has been responsible for lighting up the Rockefeller Plaza for more than eight decades. Along with bringing the festive feeling to Midtown Manhattan. This year, the tradition continues as the 79 foot-tall Norway Spruce lights up New York City. The tree overlooks another New York City classic, The Rink, which offers a quintessential winter activity for New Yorkers and visitors alike. www.nycgo.com/enjoy-the-best-of-the-holidays-in-nyc

Palm Beaches – Ten years of the Sandi Tree
The City of West Palm Beach, Florida welcomes back Sandi, the world’s only 35-foot, 700-tonne sand tree, for its 10th festive appearance. Throughout December, Sandi comes alive each night from 6pm to 10pm to perform an impressive synchronised light and music display with the newly re-designed Centennial Fountain, where the water will ‘dance’ to the music. Sandi will also be accompanied by a cast of supporting characters from over the years, including her dog, Duke, Merry the Mermaid and Hope the Flamingo. www.thepalmbeaches.com

Old Québec – The chocolate box town square Christmas tree
Québec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico and one of the oldest cities in North America. Visitors to its Old Québec quarter, listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site will feel as though they’ve stepped straight into Santa’s North Pole village. The cobbled streets are decorated with German market stalls and the beautiful 17th- and 18th-century buildings are adorned with festive lights and covered in a light blanket of snow in this winter wonderland. Each year a traditional Christmas tree takes centre stage in the Place Royale square the image of which could make the cover of a Hallmark traditional Christmas card. www.bonjourquebec.com/quebec