1World's Largest Floating Christmas Tree (Brazil)
In December 2012, the world's largest floating Christmas tree was lit in Rio de Janeiro during an event that featured lights, music and fireworks. Thousands of people turned out for the lighting of the Christmas tree, which featured a theme of the four seasons. The 542-ton tree is 85 meters (almost 280 feet) tall and was built on 11 enormous platforms in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.
This Christmas tree, which is illuminated by 3.1 million lights, was officially certified by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, said Bradesco Seguros, which sponsored the event. The tree includes an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz with Dorothy, the Wizard and the other characters taking a virtual trip to Jerusalem, Rome, Moscow, New York, London and Rio de Janeiro to experience Christmas around the world.
2Chocolate Christmas Tree (France)
A French chocolatier has created a 32-foot-high chocolate Christmas tree in his laboratory in Paris. Patrick Rogers' creation will be used to raise funds for a television charity event to support research into neuromuscular diseases. The tree, which is currently towering inside the chocolatier's factory in Sceaux, weighs four tons and, according to Mr Rogers, is a piece of "architecture." He said, “To achieve this kind of architecture – because this really is a piece of architecture – we used a sort of cavity inside to make the chocolate solid enough, because there is very strong vertical pressure." The chocolate Christmas tree will be shown on France's Telethon, a nationwide charity appeal show, and viewers will receive part of the sugary sculpture in exchange for a donation.
3World's Most Expensive Christmas Tree (United Arab Emirates)
Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has unveiled what is thought to be the world's most expensive Christmas tree, valued at more than $11 million. The 40-foot faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.
What makes the tree highly valued are its jewelry decorations. The tree has a total of 181 diamonds, emeralds, pearls, sapphires and other precious stones. The bracelets, necklaces and watches which adorn the world's most expensive Christmas tree are provided by the Style Gallery.
Hans Olbertz, general manager of the hotel, said, "The tree itself is about $10,000. The jewelry has a value of over $11 million. I think 11.4m, 11.5m." He added that the hotel would apply to the Guinness Book of World Records to find out if its tree is the most expensive ever.
4Gold Christmas Tree (Japan)
Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka, which specializes in gold accessories, showcases their 2.4 meter high gold Christmas tree, in collaboration with Walt Disney Japan, in commemoration of Walt Disney's 110th anniversary. The tree is made of 88 pounds of gold which consists of 50 popular Disney characters. The selling price is 350 million Japanese yen (approximately 4.2 million US dollars). The Christmas tree will be displayed at the Ginza Tanaka store until December 25, 2012. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Nippon News).
5Electronic Christmas Tree (Belgium)
After many years of installing a natural Christmas tree in the main public square of Brussels, Belgium, this year's tree is artificial, abstract, and electronic.
The enormous Christmas "tree" has been unveiled at the center of Brussels, though some people are displeased with the city's modern take on a holiday tradition. Created by the French collective 1024 Architecture, the "Abies Electronicus" is an 82-foot steel-ribbed installation that replaces the real pine tree typically on display at the city's central square. Every night, the structure comes to life with a light and sound show, replete with shimmering lights, glowing cubes, and a mix of both holiday and industrial music. Also, unlike traditional trees, visitors can actually climb to the top of the Abies Electronicus for a panoramic view of the city.
Still, some citizens are not pleased with the structure, preferring a traditional tree.
6Tallest Lego Christmas Tree (Malaysia)
In 2012, Asia's first LEGOLAND Park got in the holiday spirit with Asia's tallest LEGO Christmas tree. The park unveiled this nine meter creation at a special lighting ceremony complete with Christmas carols by the Calvary Teenage Girls Home from Johor Bharu. The tree was created from 400,000 LEGO Duplo bricks and towers over The Beginning area of the park. It took over ten weeks of construction time and weighs over 6000kg! It is further decorated with over 260 LEGO ornaments and will be up on display until early January 2013.
7Electric Christmas Tree (England)
In November 2012, an electric Christmas tree was put up at the Filling Station on Regents canal, just down the street from all the new development at King's Cross. Vauxhall Motors and The King's Cross Filling Station (KXFS) commissioned London's Gary Card, a set designer and illustrator, to create an electric Christmas tree that will light up Regents Canal as part of the Vauxhall Ampera season.
Gary took inspiration from the Vauxhall Ampera and created a giant, electric Christmas tree that will become a nightly spectacle throughout the festive period along the canal. The sleek Christmas tree will reveal a gleaming engine-like structure from within.
8World's Largest Murano Glass Christmas Tree (Italy)
Here is an art installation which claims to be the world's biggest blown glass tree. It's in the central Campo Santo Stefano square in Murano (an island of the Venice lagoon). It was made by Simone Cenedese, a Venetian master glass artist. Its total height is 8.5 meters and weighs 3 tons, featuring 1,000 glass tubes.
9First Singing Christmas Tree (Charlotte, N.C)
A Charlotte holiday tradition will continue for its 58th year on Dec. 8 and 9. The Singing Christmas Tree was started in 1953 as a group of singers performing on the steps of a funeral home in Charlotte, according to associate executive director Bev Seitz.
In 1954, it became the first singing Christmas tree production in the United States when the singers performed inside Ovens Auditorium, where it has been ever since.
10World's Largest Living Christmas Tree (Wilmington, NC)
The World's Largest Living Christmas Tree is in Wilmington, NC. The tree is a massive oak tree covered with Spanish moss, and is believed to be more than 400 years old. It was first lit in 1928 with over 500 multicolored lights, and is now covered with 5,250 colored bulbs.
The tree is a living oak that stood more than 70 or 75 feet high and more than 110 feet wide when it was first selected. Eighty years of ice storms have taken their toll, though, and its dimensions are now closer to about 50 feet by 110 feet.