Christmas is just around the corner and to celebrate lastminute.com is giving you our rundown of the best Christmas trees from around the globe!
Putting the bling into the holiday season, department store Galeries Lafayette proudly displays its Swarovski Christmas tree – standing at a dizzy 21 meters and draped in 5,000 crystal stars.
Stay in the heart of “The City of Light” at the five star W Paris Opera and experience some fantastic shopping. Prices for rooms start from £305 per night*. Visit lastminute.com to book W Paris Opera or call 0800 083 6000.
Our nation’s capital is host to one of the world’s most celebrated Christmas trees. Standing tall next to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square, the tree has been an annual gift from the Norwegian city of Oslo since 1947. It is a token of their gratitude for Britain’s support during World War II and helps to bring holiday cheer to the city’s most famous square.
Get into the festive spirit with a stay at the four star Royal Trafalgar Hotel, located in the heart of London. Prices for rooms start from £108 per night*. Visit lastminute.com to book the Royal Trafalgar Hotel or call 0800 083 6000.
This has to be one of the most unique trees in the world. Italy’s north eastern town of Gubbio blankets neighbouring Mount Ingino with a spectacular light display, forming the shape of an enormous Christmas tree. Officially the world’s largest; this terrific tree can be seen from 50km away and contains 3000 multi-coloured lights and 8.5 kilometres of electrical cable. It’s such a popular attraction with the Pope himself switching on the lights last year!
Recharge your batteries over the busy Christmas period with a stay at the four star Park Hotel ai Cappuccicinni & Spa. The hotel is only a stone’s throw from the historic centre of Gubbio, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. Prices for rooms start from £121 per night*. Visit lastminute.com to book the Park Hotel ai Cappuccicinni & Spa or call 0800 083 6000.
You’ll recognise this tree if you remember the heart-warming scene in Home Alone 2 where Kevin is reunited with his mum. One of the world’s most famous and ‘green’ Christmas trees, containing thousands of energy saving LED lights, the Rockefeller Centre Christmas trees have towered as high as 100m in the past. First erected in the year 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened, this Christmas tree uses 30,000 lights and requires five miles of wire to keep it glowing bright. And like its counterpart in Paris, is topped with a Swarovski star made of 25,000 crystals!
Have a magical Christmas just moments from the Rockefeller Ice Rink and Christmas tree, with a stay at the four star Hilton New York. Prices for rooms start from £145 per night*. Visit lastminute.com to book the Hilton New York or call 0800 083 6000.
Rio De Janeiro
Over the next four years Brazil will attempt to beat London’s epic summer of sport as they host both the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. For now they’ll have to settle with a record breaking Christmas Tree! Built by Brazil’s largest insurance company and weighing in at a whopping 542 tonnes, the 17th Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree in Rio de Janeiro is officially the world’s largest floating Christmas tree in the world! The 85 metre metal masterpiece is dressed up with images of leaves representing the fall, snowflakes to portray winter, flowers for spring and gold ribbons to represent the summer.
Brighten up your Christmas with a little help from the tree’s 3.3 million lights and a stay at the four star Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort. Prices for rooms start from £219 per night*. Visit lastminute.com to book the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort or call 0800 083 6000
*Prices are correct at date of issue – 5th December 2012