Christmas is celebrated with different customs and traditions all around the world, with each culture practicing their own unique interpretation of the winter holiday. While the differences may sometimes seem vast, there is often at least one common element- the Christmas tree. Here is a quick tour of some of the biggest and the brightest Christmas trees from around the world.

New York City- New York

The iconic Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree of NYC is seen world wide every year, whether it be in person by the countless domestic and international tourists, or from the comfort of home in our favorite holiday films such as Home Alone 2 or Elf.

rock tree nyc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo via 2 Nomads. 1 Narrative. 

Beirut- Lebanon

In Beirut, Lebanon crowds are drawn to this Christmas tree filled with holiday greetings from various languages.

Beirut tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo via Arabian Business 

Madrid- Spain

What’s the best part about the Christmas tree made of lights in Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid…?

madrid tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo via Arabian Business


madrid tree 2

Photo via Orlando Sentinel

Rio De Janeiro- Brazil

The world’s tallest floating Christmas tree is just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and no surprise that Rio figured out how to turn decorating into a spectacular party.

Christmas RIO

Photo via CBBC 


Odaiba, Japan gives the holidays a more modern look with this tree in Tokyo Bay, set to match the Rainbow Bridge, seen behind it.

Odaiba tree

Photo via Fareastgizmos 


Alright I know that the London Eye is not a tree, but, all of the twinkling blue lights that surround it during the holidays kind of cause the shape of it’s giant legs to resemble a certain Christmas something… Don’t you think?

london eye

 Photo via Eccleston Square Hotel 


It’s a tropical Christmas for the village of Kuta in Bali, Indonesia, with a Christmas tree of bamboo stalks.

bali tree

 Photo via 123RF


This impeccable tree draws crowds to the already colorful Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

Moscow tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo via Russia Blog

Mexico City- Mexico

The changing lights of Mexico City’s steel wire tree put on an exciting show for holiday spectators.

Mexico City tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo via Women’s Day

Gubbio- Italy

And finally, a grand total of 500 lamps are strung together to illuminate Monte Ingino in Gubbio, Italy with the world’s largest Christmas tree display.

gubbio italy tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo via UnCommon Misadventures


Which country has your favorite Christmas tree display?

American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.



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