In the 16th century the origin of Christmas trees started in Germany from where it was passed on to England. Throughout many parts of Europe, by the 1800s, the Christmas tree custom was prevalent and was brought to America in the 1820's by the Pennsylvania German immigrants. The first manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were sold by Woolworths in 1880, and the first electrically lighted Christmas tree come into view in 1882.
In Italy’s Umbria region the Mount Ingino Christmas tree is a lighting illumination, which is installed yearly on the slopes of Monte Ingino near Gubbio. The Christmas tree is lit up every year on December 7 (Immaculate Conception Eve)! The Guinness Book of Records named it as "The World's Largest Christmas Tree" in 1991. Composed of nearly 730 multi-colored lights and 8.5 kilometres of electrical cable, the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city.
Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. represents the 50 U.S. states encompassing evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace'. To celebrate the Christmas holiday season, the Capitol Christmas Tree (previously the Capitol Holiday Tree) is a decorated tree that is erected yearly on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. Traditionally the Capitol Christmas Tree is lighted at 5:00pm EST on December 9 through to New Year's Day.
The home to the tallest glass tree in the world is Venice ’s Murano Island, renowned global for its quality glasswork. The tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season, first displayed in Campo S. Stefano on the island of Murano through Epiphany, and then moved into the Murano Glass Museum. The tree is seven and one-half meters tall, weighs three tons and crafted by glass master Simone Cenedense.
The tall Christmas tree located next to the Mohamed Al-Amin Mosque is denoted by well-known fashion designer Elie Saab in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Viewing Lebanese diversity and tolerance, Mohammed Alamin Mosque appears in the background.
Unirii Square Christmas Tree (Piata Unirii) is more or less the center of Bucharest, capital of Romania. Along with Bucharest’s City Hall, The Portuguese Millennium BCP Bank, built the tallest Christmas Tree in Europe. For this artificial tree over 2 million lights were used that is as tall as a 21-story building (~76m) and weighs about 300 tons. The Christmas tree was lit in a ceremony on the Romania's National Day, where 70.000 people were present in the Unirii Square on 1st of December 2007.
Trio of Christmas treeYou will surely agree that the most wonderful Christmas tree views are always unforeseen. A rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs. However, the location of this Christmas tree is unknown.
Largest Christmas tree in EuropeVisit the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal to view the largest Christmas tree in Europe. Since 2004 the Lisbon Christmas Tree is an Artificial Christmas tree erected yearly in Lisbon, Portugal. The tree is called the Europe's tallest Christmas tree from 2005, when it was an participant in the Guinness World Records. The tree boasts thousands of lights and enlarges over 230-feet into the sky, adding to the special enchantment of the city throughout the holiday season. Every year the height of the tree differs and in 2007 it was the highest at 76 metres (249 ft).
Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer Frankfurt's city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.
Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it's no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo's nighttime neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.
Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic
Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.
In addition to the Vatican's heavenly evergreen, St. Peter's Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.
The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid's two-week celebration makes millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world's biggest lottery.
A token of gratitude for Britain's aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London's Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.