These days Christmas trees in major cities around the world became the fantastic displays of creativity, featuring thousands of electric lights, whimsical decorations and interactive play of colors and textures. «Destinations» rounds up some of 2016’s most over-the-top Christmas trees around the world.
Christmas tree at Kitte commercial complex in Tokyo’s shopping and business district of Marunouchi. The 15 m Christmas tree is changing color and Christmas tunes every 15 minutes. The tree is covered with white fluffy artificial snow, which makes a perfect texture for the light show.
The national Christmas tree stands in Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania. Well, the photo will probably say more than a thousand words. Impressive illumination designed in a form of a giant dome awes all numerous visitors of Vilnius downtown.
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Prague, Czech Republic
The illuminated Christmas tree at the Christmas market at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, appeared on December 1, 2016. Christmas markets, traditionally selling roasted chestnuts, hot mead and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products, opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend.
The National Christmas Tree is lit up after Barack Obama, the US President, and his family hit the switch, on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
An elegant pearl-white glowing Christmas tree is seen in one of the main shopping streets in the City Centre of Budapest, Hungary.
Mandaluyong City, the Philippines
The glamorous thirty feet tall rotating Christmas tree unveiled in Mandaluyong City. The elegant centerpiece Christmas decoration is found inside the fashion hall of Megamall SM.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hundreds of fans watched the inauguration of the traditional Ibirapuera Christmas Tree in the South Zone of Sao Paulo. The inauguration had fireworks and artificial snow burning. The tree is 35 meters high, 16 meters in diameter and has an eight-meter star at the top.
For the second year in a row Jbeil-Byblos’ Christmas tree was chosen by “The Guardian” American newspaper as one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world. The 35-meter high, 14-meter large Christmas tree is composed of 35 tons of gold-colored mirrors made of steel. Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg holds one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in France. A wonderful Christmas tree is to be found on Place Kléber and a skating rink on Place du Château.
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Bethlehem, West Bank
A giant Christmas tree decked out in gold is located in front of the ancient Church of the Nativity.
The national Christmas tree of Ukraine has 42,000 lights and 1,000 garlands. The Christmas city is set up on the two nearest squares and will be in place until January 15.
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