14 incredible Christmas trees around the world you can visit in 2018

It goes without saying: the Christmas tree is a fundamental element in year-end festive decorations. There’s no more magical sight than that of a well-lit tree sparkling in the cold (or if you’re in Southeast Asia, humid) night. Here are some of the best around the world this year.

#1 Annabel’s, London, UK

The London private club turned its entrance into the base of its giant Christmas tree.

#2 Claridge’s, London, UK

The 6m-tall ‘Tree of Love’ was created for the 5-star hotel by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. See if you can spot the various silver-leafed animals placed around it.

#3 Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

Every half an hour, the lights in the Galeries Lafayette dome are turned off for a show-stopping display of twinkling LED lights.

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#4 Rockefeller Centre, New York City, USA

The 72-foot Norway spruce is topped by a 9-foot star adorned with 3 million Swarovski crystals laid out on 70 triangular spikes!

#5 Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan

The Universal Illusion Tree has held the Guinness World Record for ‘Most lights on a Christmas tree’ since 2011. This year’s tree has 580,806 lights and changes colour for a different look every now and then.

#6 The Connaught, London, UK

Irish artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin designed the hotel’s 9m-tall Christmas tree this year. The lights continually change colour and pattern.

#7 Ocean Terminal Deck, Hong Kong

This 30ft Tiffany & Co. tree is set against 270-degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour from the newly opened Ocean Terminal Deck.

Tiffany & Co Hong Kong christmas tree
Photo: Tiffany & Co.

#8 President’s Park, Washington, D.C., USA

America’s National Christmas tree lights up every day from 4.30pm and there are various music performances you can watch in December at the park.

#9 Place Kléber, Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg considers itself the capital of Christmas, so of course it has the requisite festive markets and a stunning Christmas tree at the heart of the city. This year’s 30m tree came from a forest in the Vosges Mountains.

Strasbourg Christmas tree 2018
Photo: Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg

Read also: How to make your holiday villa feel like Christmas at home

#10 St Pancras International Station, London, UK

It’s yet another Tiffany’s Christmas tree! St Pancras’ Christmas tree is a highly anticipated annual event; Tiffany & Co made this year’s a scented tree.

#11 Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

The garden’s Christmas decorations includes the tallest luminarie Christmas tree in Asia! The Christmas Wonderland carnival will also thrill visitors with a European-style Christmas market, ice-skating, and fake-but-everyone-loves-it snow.

Christmas tree
Photo: Gardens by the Bay

#12 Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania

The countdown to Christmas has begun in Vilnius, where they’ve set up the tree and market stalls to mimic a clock face, as seen from aerial view.

#13 Town Hall Square, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is on a roll this year. Not too far from the city’s main tree is another brightly lit spectacle with giant ornaments. This one is also accompanied by a market, where the stalls are in terrarium-like domes!

#14 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The mall’s Christmas decorations are always something to look forward to in Kuala Lumpur. This year, the ‘tree’ is a towering, rotating structure bearing 1,000 Mickey Mouse figurines. The main entrance has also been turned into a winter wonderland – it even snows!

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Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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