The 40 Greatest Christmas Trees of All Time

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What was the most spectacular Christmas tree you ever saw? Was it at Rockefeller Center on your first trip to New York City? Was it at Claridge's in London? Or have you enjoyed the supreme pleasure of viewing the official White House tree in the Blue Room? No matter what tree is your top pick, we've rounded up the greatest Christmas trees of all time from all across the world. 'Tis the season to appreciate the seasonal symbol.

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Robert L. Knudsen
The White House, 1961

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in front of the Blue Room Christmas tree encircled in blue ribbons, before the extensive renovations at the White House that she initiated.

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The White House Historical Association
The White House, 1968

First Lady Lady Bird Johnson trims a decked out tree. Notice the popcorn garland and daisy chains.

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The White House Historical Association
The White House, 1971

The tree was decorated with state flower balls and gold foil angels made by disabled men and women in New York; there was also a lot of tinsel.

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Christmas Decorations At Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center, 1971

A traditional tree with that '70s spirit in New York City.

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The White House Historical Association
The White House, 1981

President Reagan and the first lady stand by their first White House Christmas effort.

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The White House Historical Association
The White House, 1986

Nancy Reagan's tree was decorated with soft sculpture geese and surrounded with nursery rhyme scenes.

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The Washington Post
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The White House, 1997

First Lady Hillary Clinton shows off the 1997 White House tree, which was decorated by a slew of volunteers.

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Galeries Lafayette, 2000

A traditional tree at the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

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71st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights Up New York
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Rockefeller Center, 2003

Dazzling lights in the center of New York City.

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A glass Christmas tree  (8.52m), claimed
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Venice, 2006

Venetian glass master Simone Cenedese created this 8.52 meter glass Christmas tree in the central Campo Santo.

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The official White House Christmas Tree,
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The White House, 2008

The Bush's final tree featured 369 hand-decorated ornaments from all over the U.S.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2009

A tradition begins: for the first time, the famed London hotel taps a fashion designer to create their tree. Dior's John Galliano outfitted a tropical tree with a snow leopard, dragon flies and parrots.

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The White House, 2009

Michelle Obama unveiled the official White House Christmas Tree in 2009, which was an 18-foot Douglas Fir lit with LED lights and trimmed with recycled ornaments from previous years.

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White House Displays Holiday Decorations
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The White House, 2010

Ribbons from country fairs across the country bedecked the 2010 tree.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2010

Silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jellyfish comprised Dior's John Galliano second Claridge's Christmas tree.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2011

Lanvin's Alber Elbaz made use of a creative topper: a silk figurine of himself (glasses, bowtie).

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The official White House Christmas tree
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The White House, 2011

In 2011, the official White House tree was adorned with medals, badges and patches from all branches of the military.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2012

McQueen's Kally Ellis went natural with a magnolia branch and lichen moss creation, outfitted with white, gold and silver crystal and emerald jewel eggs.

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France - Galeries Lafayette Christmas Decorations Inauguration
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Galeries Lafayette, 2012

A stunning Swarowski Christmas tree in Paris.

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First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to share in this year's White House holiday decoration in Washington, DC.
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The White House, 2012

Gold Star ornaments bearing the names of some of America’s greatest heroes adorned this Douglas Fir.

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Galeries Lafayette, 2013

This year's Parisian department store tree featured jumbo pink amaryllis.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2013

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana referenced their Sicilian heritage with 450 hand-blown Italian festive glass baubles, a luminarie framework, and 30 handcrafted Sicilian marionettes at the base.

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Claridge's
Claridge's, 2014

In their second go with the Claridge's tree, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana opted for traditional hand-painted glass baubles representing the many festive traditions celebrated the night before Christmas.

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Rio de Janeiro, 2014

This 85 meter tree floats in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and glows with 3.1 million lights.

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White House Holiday Decorations
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The White House, 2014

An “America the Brave” themed tree trimmed with ornaments decorated by U.S. military children living all over the world.

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France - Galeries Lafayette Christmas Decorations Illuminated in Paris
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Galeries Lafayette, 2014

An upside-down spectacular at the Parisian department store.

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2015 White House Holiday Decoration Preview
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The White House, 2015

Messages to troops from their families wound around the tree on a ribbon; at the end of the holiday season, each military family received their portion of the ribbon as a symbol of the nation's gratitude.

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Rakvere, 2015

A12-meter-high Christmas tree was constructed of 121 old windows salvaged from local old houses in Eastern Estonia.

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At 36m high, the LED Christmas tree in Banciao is the...
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Banciao, 2015

A 36 meter high LED Christmas tree features a light show every half hour sunset in Taiwan.

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Christmas Tree and advent calendar in Piazza Castello. On...
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Turin, 2015

The 19 meter tree by Marianolight featured 223 elements of luminarie, 43 thousand LED lamps, and 25,000 micro-lights sparkled in Italy.

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