The spirit of Yuletide is making its presence felt, as Christmas arrives. One can celebrate Christmas by spending time with family, travelling to a few top destinations to witness celebrations around the world. Hotels.com has put together a list of popular Christmas trees:
Rakvere – Estonia
The small town of Rakvere in Estonia is known for its innovative Christmas trees built every year by the local council of the town. The council’s cultural arts manager uses creative techniques and objects to build the tree that attracts visitors from around the world. The Rakvere Christmas tree last year was made by local students which used woods from the mills. This year the council with the help of local students have built the Christmas trees using 121 colourful windows within two days.
Rio De Janerio
A 85-metre-high floating Christmas tree illuminates the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro. It is the world’s highest floating Christmas tree, according to the Guinness World Records, and it will be illuminated by 3.1 million lights every night until January 2016. Crowds gather at the waterfront to watch as the 542 ton and 85 metre high structure is lit up by a stunning display of colourful fireworks.
The Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting has been one of New York City’s most celebrated events for over 80 years. Hollywood stars, TV and music personalities join the Christmas celebration each year as people from all over the world line up to watch 30,000 lights bringing the tree to life.
Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewellery, a shop in Tokyo, is known for luxurious Christmas trees. It displays a Christmas tree worth over INR 17 crore, made from platinum plates and embedded with characters from the movie Frozen. The 1.2 metre tree, weighing 31 kg, will be on display at the shop until Christmas day this year.
The Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square has history that dates back to the era of World War II. The 70 feet Christmas tree is an annual gift from the people of Norway to Britain for the Allies’ role in liberating their nation, this goes up in Trafalgar Square thereby marking the start of the festive season.