Tinsel and baubles are so yesteryear...
The countdown has begun. Christmas trees are up.
Every year, competition mounts for the world’s best dressed spruce – and 2017’s selection is bigger, bolder and glitzier than ever before.
With only a few weeks to appreciate these branching beauties, get out and admire some of our favourite firs on show.
The Connaught Hotel, London
She once famously included names of all the people she’d slept with on a tent, but thankfully, artist Tracey Emin has been less revealing with her tree for this smart London property. Illuminated with purple lights, her words form a poem encouraging us all to smile, because it doesn’t cost a thing.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
This five-star hotel was once the proud owner of the world’s most expensive Christmas tree – a 40ft monster costing $11 million. The lights for this year’s creation will be flicked on tonight – and not a penny has been spared.
Rockefeller Center, New York
An institution in the Big Apple, the Rockefeller Center erected it’s 85th tree this year. More than half a million people pass by the towering glory each day, making it one of the world’s most iconic Christmas decorations.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
Dominating Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, this twinkling tree adorned with Swarovski crystals is a real showstopper. Nearby, there’s a Selfie Wall corner with an Interactive Mirror featuring festive filters – so go ahead and post aplenty.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is far from a traditionalist, so it’s no great surprise his Christmas creation for London’s Claridge’s hotel inverts the norm. His upside-down tree has roots inspired by stalactites, while Icelandic rugs set below the installation are meant to mimic a recent snowfall.
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