Every holiday season, the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City draws an endless march of spectators — and generates cheer and buzz the world over. While it may be the best-known tree in the country, dozens of other lesser-known but wonderful trees dazzle and charm visitors. Here's our list of some of the most over-the-top, unique, or downright swoon-worthy Christmas trees in cities around the country.
1. Rockefeller Center, New York City
This year’s 94-foot-tall Norway Spruce comes from Oneonta, New York. Weighing 14 tons (wowza!), it features more than 50,000 multicolored lights. A throng of visitors and locals alike attended the initial tree-lighting festivities, which was held on November 30 this year... in the rain, but folks were undaunted.
2. InterContinental the Willard, Washington D.C.
Just steps from the White House, the historic hotel has one of the most viewed Christmas trees in D.C. each year. It’s adorned exclusively with the White House ornament collection, which honor a different president or special White House event each year.
3. Little Italy, San Diego
San Diego’s Piazza Basilone is home to a 25-foot tower of more than 1,100 locally-sourced poinsettias that make up a unique Christmas Tree. It’s adorned with over 3,000 LED lights that twinkle and shimmer all season long.
4. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia
The musical light show features a 50-foot Christmas Tree located in front of Das Festhaus in the Oktoberfest village. The artificial (yet awesome) tree is decorated with more than 600,000 lights that blink in sync with booming orchestral music.
Downtown Indianapolis’ epicenter is Monument Circle, which is marked by the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Each year, it’s transformed into a beautiful holiday display and celebration that brings over 100,000 spectators for the initial lighting.
This hip, new, state-of-the-art tree is filled with symbolism, community, tradition, and optimism: A steel base around the bottom of the tree represents 22 of Philly’s neighborhoods. The 40-foot Colorado Fir is topped by a Liberty Bell, with bald eagles flying a banner across the tree.
7. Austin, Texas
This Austin tree is celebrating its 50th lighting anniversary. It stands 155 feet tall inside Zilker Park, where the annual Trail of Lights festival also illuminates a 1.2-mile stretch of the park.
8. Asheville, North Carolina
Each year, a 34-foot-tall Fraser fir tree is brought into America’s largest home, the Biltmore House, located in Asheville. More than 40 Biltmore staff members hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the home’s 70-foot-tall Banquet Hall. There are 60 other hand-decorated Christmas trees that light up the Biltmore, including a 55-foot Norway spruce in the center of the front lawn.
9. West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida celebrates the season with a tropical twist with its Sandi Tree. The 600-ton holiday tree is 35 feet tall and made entirely of sand. Over 5,000 twinkling lights dazzle guests every night.
10. Tucson, Arizona
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa boasts a 24-foot Golden Barrel Cactus Christmas tree comprised of more than 300 living cacti. It's been been a signature of the resort’s holiday festivities since 1986 as it reflects the property’s majestic Sonoran Desert setting.
11. Los Angeles
It’s a holiday tradition for Angelenos to visit the Christmas tree at the Grove shopping center at least once during the festive season. It’s one of the tallest trees in the country — standing at about 105 feet. Yes, it would tower over Rock Center's! And it offers visitors a perfect L.A. Instagram moment. With Christmas music playing throughout the property and nightly faux snowfall, it can fairly be considered a dose of the wintry season in a city where it's always summer.
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