Every year as a token of gratitude from Norway to the UK for Britain’s support during the Second World War the country sends a tree to be displayed in Trafalgar Square. This tree has an official lighting ceremony and is a British icon.
This got me wondering what the top 5 Christmas Trees in America and if there is a story behind any of them.
1. Rockefeller Center – New York City
Personally this tree literally is Christmas. It is an amazing sight with it’s columns of angels that feature on the approach. It is a beloved tourist attraction and the lighting ceremony heralds the start of the holiday season. Not all trees are suitable for this important role. To be considered they have to be at least 65 feet tall (20 metres) and 35 feet wide. The first tree made it’s appearance in 1931 with the lighting ceremony following in 1933.
2. Washington D.C National Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree is located in the North West Quadangle of the Ellipse in front of the White House and has been a tradition since 1923. Every year a ceremony with live performances by musical artists and the President speaks a message of peace. There are usually 56 smaller trees on the Pathway of Peace which features evergreens that represent each state, territories and the District of Columbia.
3. Washington D.C U.S Capitol Christmas Tree
Careful not to confuse this tree with the National Tree this more recent tradition was first displayed on the west lawn of the U.S Capitol in 1964. Trees are provided by the U.S Forest Service and are selected from a different National Forest each year.
4. Coeur D’Alene Resort, Idaho
Claiming to be the World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree is the Resort Tree in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Standing at 161 feet this Grand Fir is the highlight of the lights that are part of the lighting of the holiday season on the lakefront that include street parades, live music and of course fireworks. Apparently the star that tops the tree is 10 feet tall!
5. Delray Beach, Florida
Where it is almost certainly not going to be snowing or chilly compared to the other trees is this monster tree in Delray Beach in Southern Florida. Standing at 100 feet tall with a star a-top of 18 feet stands on the Old School Square. There are over 15,500 LED lights adorning the tree and you can even visit the interior that has an animatronic display. This tree is celebrating 25 years of entertaining Floridians and tourists alike.