Discover six destinations with the most famous Christmas trees in the world

The holidays are getting closer, and in many countries and cultures, Christmas is not as good as the Christmas tree. From traditionally decorated pine trees with lamps and beads to illuminated installations with modern lights, Booking.com he chose six destinations with the most famous Christmas trees around the world.

The offer is diverse, whether you want to travel to popular tourist cities such as New York and London, or you would prefer to choose a tropical trip to Rio or Taipei. 19% of travelers from Croatia say that they primarily want to spend time with their family on their next trip. So choose a holiday trip with your family and admire these amazing trees whenever it is safe to travel.

New York, USA

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In front of the building Rockefeller Center New York is arguably the most famous Christmas tree in the world. For more than 80 years, lighting tree lamps has become a well-known New York tradition that is adored by city residents and tourists from all over the world. It is estimated that 125 million people a year visit this beautiful spruce tree almost 23 m high. The Christmas tree in front of Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Manhattan, and as a Christmas symbol of this city has found its place in many Christmas family movies. If you want to explore a holiday atmosphere that doesn't just include Christmas trees, enjoy a tour of the Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. The houses in this New York neighborhood are completely decorated with nutcrackers, cribs, lights, inflatable Santa Clauses and many other decorations.

Where to stay: Opposite the Rockefeller Center is the facility The Jewel, a Club Quarters Hotel, which is perfect for guests who want to stay in a great location next to the famous tree. Located in central Manhattan, guests have access to the Terrace Club, which features options for al fresco dining and cocktail views overlooking Rockefeller Center. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The lighting of lights on a floating Christmas tree in Rio marks the beginning of December celebrations in this Brazilian capital. The event full of music and fireworks attracts locals and visitors to the beautiful Lake Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, located between Ipanema and the botanical gardens. The floating Christmas tree has been a symbol of hope and light for the city since 1996 and has survived obstacles to economic downturns, storms and pandemics. Despite these obstacles, the tree broke the world record for the largest floating Christmas tree, and is 85 m high and contains more than 3 million lamps. This tree is the perfect holiday attraction for a tropical Christmas trip.

Where to stay: Properties Gerthrudes Bed & Breakfast Located in the Santa Teresa district of Rio, a short drive from the floating Christmas tree, it offers an outdoor pool and stunning views of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay. Relax in the garden or on the private terrace and enjoy the warm weather with an iced drink or make use of the barbecue facilities and treat yourself to a Brazilian feast.

Pierre, South Dakota, USA

As the holiday season approaches in South Dakota, the fresh scent of mountain pines fills Capitol Rotunda Square, located in the state capital of this state, Pierre, and which houses approximately 100 decorated Christmas trees. During the year, cities, companies and organizations apply to get the opportunity to decorate one of these trees, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. In the center is the official South Dakota Tree, which is usually specially selected from the Black Hills mountain range, and is located in the heart of a political building that is becoming a true winter fairytale. The lamp-lighting ceremony takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (November 23, 2021), when the air echoes the sound of Christmas carols and visitors can enjoy delicious, warm pies.

Where to stay: A short walk from the South Dakota State Capitol is located Club House Hotel and Suites, which offers warm accommodation in Pierre and can be reached by a short drive from the airport. This hotel features an indoor pool and an Italian restaurant, and is perfect for a pleasant trip to the Midwest.

Taipei, Taiwan

During the annual ‘Christmasland’ festival, from mid-November to early January, Taiwan’s capital is illuminated by an imposing array of lamps and stunning art installations. During this celebration on Christmas Eve, a concert is held with performances by favorite local musicians and comedians, which creates a glowing atmosphere in Citizen's Square. And to make it all look even more spectacular, Taipei’s Christmasland also features Taiwan’s tallest outdoor tree. Stroll through the decorated courtyards and illuminated streets of the Xinyi district to celebrate the holidays.

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Where to stay: Properties Caesar Park Hotel Banqiao it is a luxury accommodation for travelers coming to Taipei for Christmasland and is located a short walking distance from the festival venue. This property features an outdoor pool, fitness center and a range of restaurants. It also has great recommendations for enjoying a cocktail at the rooftop bar, with amazing city views. The hotel is a short drive from the popular Nanya Night Market, which offers you the perfect opportunity to sample local food.

London, United Kingdom

London is a charming city, ideal for the holiday season as it is full of cozy cafes and many shops where you can find the perfect gifts for loved ones. Coal Drops Yard is a great location to visit and features non-traditional Christmas trees with modern décor. The Terarrium Tree, 8,5 meters high, was created by geniuses gifted in gardening, and consists of 70 terrariums, each of which contains its own unique garden. These terrariums are illuminated at night, and after the holidays they are sustainably transformed into new creations for the coming year. To fully experience this city, head to a walking tour of the hidden secrets of London and discover what all the streets of this capital hide.

Where to stay: If you are looking for comfortable accommodation, facility Mirabilis Apartments - Bayham Place is a perfect option located near Coal Drops Yard and Camden Market. This facility features a beautifully decorated and comfortable interior, and guests in the apartments can feel at home and spend a pleasant winter evening in comfortable accommodation.

Gubbio, Hotel Italy

The medieval city of Gubbio is located in the Italian region of Umbria, and it houses the largest special 'Christmas tree'. Colorful lamps with green balls are placed on the slope of Mount Ingino to create a magnificent shape of the Christmas tree that illuminates the entire city and can be seen from almost 50 km away. Every year on December 7, 1981, the city celebrates the lighting of lamps in Piazza Martiri, and on several special occasions the Pope also attended. Go to guided city tour and meet the local community to discover more about the history of this city.

Where to stay: Properties Residenza Di Via Piccardi Located in the historic center of Gubbio, it offers comfortable accommodation with a traditional and authentic atmosphere. This hotel also features a spacious garden and a children’s playground, making it perfect for a family holiday. Enjoy a traditional sweet breakfast served every morning at the hotel, then set off to explore this medieval city.

As part of its mission to make it easier for everyone to explore the world, Booking.com shares Seasonal offers which travelers can use when planning their next trip when they are safe again. Discounts start at 15% and are valid for stays before January 4, 2022. In addition, Booking.com offers excellent value through its Genius program to even more travelers by offering all travelers with an account access to Level 1 benefits under that program, without the need for a minimum number of prior bookings to qualify, including automatic access to an exclusive 10% discount at the hundreds of thousands of facilities participating in the program worldwide. Travelers just need to download the Booking.com app, sign up and search for the Genius tag to find available benefits and discounts.

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* A 2022 Travel Forecast Survey was conducted by Booking.com among a sample of adults planning to travel for business or leisure in the next 12 to 24 months. A total of 24.055 respondents from 31 countries and territories participated (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from the Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Russia Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the United Kingdom, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.

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