Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011's Top 10 most incredible Christmas trees

I have been looking through the internet for the craziest Christmas trees around the world! These were my top ten...

1. Floating Christmas tree
"Spectacular Christmas tree on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Listed as the world’s largest floating Christmas tree by Guinness Book of Records, this cone-shaped fir is 85-meters high (as tall as a 29-storey building), weighs 542 tons and lit with 3.3 million miniature light bulbs, 2,100 flashing lights and 105 kilometers of glowing tubes with 12 phases of lights and colors produced. This innovative and unusual Christmas tree has been one of the major attractions of Brazil since 1996. This year, more than a million visitors are expected to visit. Wonder how it manages to stay afloat with all that weight."

2. Venice glass Christmas tree
"This stunning tree, installed several years ago in Venice, Italy, is made entirely from 1,000 tubes of Murano glass. This glass tree is 28ft tall and almost 10ft in diameter. Weighing in at 3 tons, it is the world’s largest tree made from artisan blown glass."

3. Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

"This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was brought from Mifflinville, Pennsylvania and enriched with 5 miles of lights. It is 75-years-old, weights 12 tons and measures 40ft around. But the most interesting about this Christmas tree is the Swarovski star placed on its top. The star was officially presented by the actress Olivia Wilde. The beautiful decoration celebrates the 20th birthday of Swarovski's annual edition Christmas ornament. It is worth mentioning that the Swarovski star is composed of 25,000 crystals and weights 550 pounds (250 kilograms), including 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of crystal panels."

4. Godzilla Christmas tree
"Giant Christmas tree made in form of Godzilla in Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall, Japan."

5. Decorated by Jewerly and underwear
"Developed by Betsey Johnson, this "ultra pink" Christmas tree can be seen in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It was lit up on December 1st. The famous American fashion designer, recognized for her feminine and fanciful designs, decided to come up with such a design for a Christmas tree after being inspired by the cartoon Eloise. Besides looking very girly, the tree has also been decorated with Betsey Johnson jewelry and underwear."

6. Made of recycled plastic bottles
"This author of this amazing green Christmas tree is the artist Jolanta Smidtiene. She used 40,000 recycled plastic bottles and zip ties (used to fix the bottles into place) to come up with the structure that can today be observed in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. The artist has been working on various holiday d├ęcor designs for the city for the past 3 years."

7. Made of LEGO
"The biggest Christmas tree made entirely of LEGO pieces has been set at St. Pancras Station, London on November 24th. The structure is made of about 600,000 bricks that were attached to a steel frame that supports the weight of 3 tons. The tree was decorated with 1,000 ornaments."

8. Made of cardboard
"British designer Giles Miller has presented his beautiful cardboard Christmas tree. It would be interesting to note that Miller has become popular due to his complex creations made of cardboard. The latest work is 20 feet tall and can be observed in the public atrium of the Design Museum London."

9. Made of whisky barrels
"Some of the residents of Lynchberg, Tennessee, who also happen to be the workers at Jack Daniel's Distillery, have raised this incredible Christmas tree using nothing but 140 oak whiskey barrels. They stacked Jack Daniel's barrels on top of each other to form a pyramid and decorated them with holiday lights."

10. Made of pure gold
"Designed by Ginza Tanaka, a famous jeweler from Tokyo, this magnificent Christmas tree was created using all the knowledge a true jeweler possesses. The Ginza golden Christmas tree is made of pure gold and its cost was estimated to be around $1.95 million. The artificial arbor is 2.4 meters high, and weighs 12 kilograms. It features golden plates and 50 to 60 heart-shaped golden ornaments adorned with ribbon. Tokyo citizens and city's guests will be able to observe the tree until December 25th at Ginza Tanaka's jewellery store."

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