It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, but some destinations have taken their trimmings to a new level! This week, we’re rounding up the chicest decorated spots around the world to get you in the festive spirit.
What are you waiting for? Read on and get ready to discover those decked halls in style.
With the 10th anniversary of their tree in mind, Claridge’s have partnered with legendary designer, Christian Louboutin. Famous for his decadent red-bottom heels, it’s no surprise that the traditional tree is decked out in luxurious shades of gold and red, with trimmings of fairy lights and gingerbread stilettos. Whilst the tree is impressive, it’s the accompanying train stationed in the lobby that’s the ultimate draw! The Loubi Express invites you to step aboard the enchanting red carriage where just four tables create an intimate setting to enjoy a cocktail specially crafted with Christian Louboutin, accompanied by canapés and all served to your lamplit table by a Cocktail Conductor. A ride to remember this Christmas!
The Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Marbella
Declared the most expensive Christmas tree in the world, this 19-foot fir is worth a whopping $15 million after being strung with pink, red, white and black diamonds. Its ostentatious ornaments include a $5.5 million red oval diamond, a 3-carat pink diamond ornament worth $2.6 million; nine 3-carat black diamond decorations worth $590,000; alongside fake $1 million and $100,000 bills embossed with 24-karat gold reportedly worth $1.3 million. For those who like decadence, we’re not sure this tree can be beaten!
Rockefeller Center, New York
It’s a classic but the Christmas tree at the iconic Rockefeller Center never disappoints. The 77-foot tall Norway spruce weighs 14 tonnes and is wrapped in five miles of multi-coloured lights and topped with a brand new, 900-pound star made of Swarovski crystals. If you want to enjoy the tree in true style, then head to the ice-skating rink outside and glide your heart out whilst the lights dazzle you in the city that never sleeps.
Sofiivska Square, Kyiv
For those who like to discover something a little different then head to Kyiv in the Ukraine. The country’s largest and most impressively decorated Christmas tree is located at the foot of the Ukrainian Orthodox cathedral of St. Sophia and provides an awe-inspiring sight. Surrounded by a Christmas market brimming with food courts and entertainment, you’ll be feeling eternally festive in no time.
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
This year the V&A Waterfront has re-imagined the festive season into a celebration of local talent and environmental sustainability. Themed as ‘Joy from Africa to the World’, the destination has partnered with over 140 African artisans to create a vibrant wonderland made from upcycled materials including an impressive artificial Christmas tree flocked with fake snow. Inspired by a vision to showcase a more authentic and African holiday season, the V&A Waterfront offers a different perspective for those seeking a unique experience that takes a twist on tradition.
With so many beautiful trees to discover, it’s time to hop on your sleigh and check them out this Christmas.