The 8 Most Jaw-Dropping Christmas Trees in America
Christmas trees have the ability to bring holiday cheer wherever they are, some are more beautiful and creative than others.
Sure, your own personal Christmas display may be loaded with happy memories, but does it really hold a candle to the festive atmosphere on display in New York City's Rockefeller Center or Chicago's Millennium Park? Probably not.
If you can't get enough of the spirit of Christmas and are on the hunt for the most photogenic Christmas trees in America, check out our complete list below!
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Location: Rockefeller Center in New York, New York
As far as Christmas trees go, the one found in New York City's Rockefeller Center is one of the most well-known conifers in the world, and it attracts throngs of visitors from all over the globe. This year, the Rock Center Christmas tree, which was formally lit on Nov. 28, comes from Wallkill, New York, and is a 72-foot, 12-ton Norway Spruce. The tree's 75-mile journey to NYC was documented on Twitter, and it is now adorned with roughly 50,000 LED lights. What's more? The stunning tree also boasts a new Swarovski crystal star at the top, which is comprised of three million crystals and weighs a whopping 900 pounds, according to the New York Times. Hello, gorgeous!
Alaska's Holiday Tree
Location: Town Square Park in Anchorage, Alaska
This oasis in downtown Anchorage is transformed into a complete winter wonderland as holiday season approaches, with lights and decorations transforming the park. Not surprisingly, the decorated Christmas tree is the center of all the festivities. When the photogenic tree was lit on Nov. 24, onlookers were treated to free hot cocoa and baked goods. Santa also made the not-so-short journey from the North Pole for the occasion, and showed up with his reindeer in tow.
The National Christmas Tree
Location: President's Park, Washington, D.C.
The National Christmas Tree resides in the nation's capital, Washington D.C., directly across from the White House, and has been a holiday tradition since 1923. This year, the tree is decorated with sparkling mesh red ribbons, hundreds of miniature green holiday lights, graceful white rope lighting, and twinkling, red illuminated sphere ornaments. It also features ornaments from every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
The Biltmore Christmas Tree
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina's Biltmore House is magical during the holidays. The picturesque mansion features 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, including the 35-foot live Fraser fir located indoors in the Banquet Hall. The complete property also boasts a thousand poinsettias, miles of garland and more than 100 decorated trees with upwards of 25,000 ornaments. Visitors will also find 500 wreaths and sprays and 100 kissing balls.
Minnesota's Rice Park Holiday Tree
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
In the midst of Minnesota's seasonal Wells Fargo WinterSkate, and against the backdrop of downtown Saint Paul's Romanesque 1902 Landmark Center, lives the Rice Park Holiday Tree. This year the tree has been relocated because of construction, but it's still beautiful as ever. The city has said its tree is "as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City"—but with an extra helping of Minnesota charm.
Festival of the Holidays Tree
Location: Orlando, Florida
Disney World has plenty of Christmas trees to snap pictures of once the end of November rolls around, but Epcot's Festival of the Holidays tree has to be the prettiest and most interesting of the bunch. The worldly tree is part of a much larger celebration at Disney, which includes holiday traditions, food and more from all over the world.
Illinois' Christmas Tree
Location: Chicago, Illinois
The city of Chicago erected its first Christmas tree in 1913. After being on display in Grant Park for many years and then Daley Plaza, the tree now resides in Millennium Park. This year's tree is a 60-foot Norway Spruce from Elmhurst, Illinois. It is 48 years old and weighs 8,200 pounds, and the hundreds of lights adorning the tree were donated by IBEW Local 134.
The Lego Christmas Tree
Location: Carlsbad, California
Sure, real trees are great, but Christmas trees made entirely out of Legos are pretty awesome, too. Just take a look at the work of art on display at Legoland California Resort. Made out of an estimated 245,000 green Duplo bricks, this 30-foot tall tree also features dozens of cupcake ornaments, more than 400 other Lego decorations and 11,000 LED lights. It's no surprise then, that this tree has earned the title of the world's largest Lego Christmas tree.
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