Around the world in 8 Christmas trees

Sunday, December 7th, 2014. Filed under: Art Christmas Destinations Entertainment Holidays Home & Garden Photos
Inauguration of an 85-meter-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Inauguration of an 85-meter-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
© AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

(Relaxnews) – ‘Tis the season to pull out the Christmas lights, but if you’re in need of inspiration as to how to decorate your tree then look no further than the world’s major cities, which have been busy trying to outdo one another with their festive displays for 2014.

Brazil is a nation that knows how to put on a show and Christmas is the perfect excuse. Billed as the “largest floating Christmas tree in the world,” its stunning festive creation on the Rodrigo de Freitas lake in Rio de Janeiro oozes holiday spirit.

Meanwhile the Shiodome shopping center in Tokyo has excelled itself this year with the “Canyon d’Azur”, a stunning blue multi-tree creation fabricated from thousands of LED bulbs.

Handout picture released by the Honduran presidency showing the biggest human Christmas tree which set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia, in Tegucigalpa ©AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA

Handout picture released by the Honduran presidency showing the biggest human Christmas tree which set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia, in Tegucigalpa
©AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCIA

Luxury department store Galeries Lafayette in Paris has taken a unique approach and turned the festive season on its head with its gorgeous upside-down tree, while things are more traditional in Washington DC, where Capitol Hill was lit up this week with the unveiling of a 27 meter-high glittering fir.

In Europe the relatively mild Spanish weather hasn’t stopped Madrid from getting into the Christmas spirit with a lovely light show on the city’s Gran Via, while Berlin sets its annual towering Christmas tree at the famous Brandenburg Gate. London has gotten all nostalgic for its childhood, with the city’s Legoland theme park unveiling an 8-meter high Lego tree made from 300,000 toy bricks.

And in Honduras, the biggest human Christmas tree in the world was created on December 1 by a total of 2,945 people, setting a new Guinness World Record and beating former reigning champion, Thailand.

Illuminations featuring the theme of "Canyon d' Azur" (Blue Canyon) in Tokyo ©AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Illuminations featuring the theme of “Canyon d’ Azur” (Blue Canyon) in Tokyo
©AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

A Christmas tree in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate landmark ©AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

A Christmas tree in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate landmark
©AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

Paris's department store Galeries Lafayette's Christmas ©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Paris’s department store Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas
©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

An 88-foot white spruce, the Capitol Christmas Tree at the US Capitol in Washington ©AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON

An 88-foot white spruce, the Capitol Christmas Tree at the US Capitol in Washington
©AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON

Christmas lights on Monteras street near Gran Via in the center of Madrid ©AFP PHOTO/ SEBASTIEN BERDA

Christmas lights on Monteras street near Gran Via in the center of Madrid
©AFP PHOTO/ SEBASTIEN BERDA

Legoland model maker Katrina James (R) placing a Lego star onto the top of a 8m tall Lego Christmas tree during a photocall at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London ©AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Legoland model maker Katrina James (R) placing a Lego star onto the top of a 8m tall Lego Christmas tree during a photocall at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London
©AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

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