What’s a Christmas without a Christmas tree, and what’s a Christmas tree if it is not decorated with lights and gifts et al. And Christmas tree aren’t definitely meant to be simple. They have to be big and beautiful. Christmas tress are always awaited with much enthusiasm. With Christmas less than a month to arrive, world over preparations for elaborate Christmas trees are already being done on war footing. But do you know, which one is the most beautiful of them all? Well, tough to judge the every Christmas tree from far corners of this earth, but then we still choose few to likening of our senses. So, here are a few Christmas trees that are considered to be the best in Europe.
Brussels-based travel organization European Best Destinations recently named The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in Europe, with Vilnius tree declared as the leader from the continent’s seventeen most attractive. More than 14,000 travellers from 82 countries voted to select a city in Europe where the most beautiful Christmas tree is expected to be found this year. As the festive season approaches, Europe’s cities compete to draw visitors with dazzling trees and welcoming markets, showcasing seasonal customs with a local flavour. The designs of the Christmas trees are usually kept secret until the very last moment, and the competition gets increasingly tighter each year.
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“Not a single tree was cut down to build Lithuania’s most beautiful Christmas tree. The 27-metre tall metal construction, which is made up of some 6,000 branches and over five kilometres of lighting, is definitely a sight to behold,” says the announcement of European Best Destinations. The construction, which is presently being erected in Vilnius Cathedral Square is specially designed to create a completely sustainable Christmas tree. All the actual tree branches used in the construction are defiled from the trees by foresters while carrying out the general maintenance of the forest. Therefore not only trees, but even branches are not cut just for spectacle.
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Christmas in Vilnius is heralded each year by the raising of an innovative and durable metallic structure lit by 70,000 bulbs. The tree shines brightly over the city’s Cathedral Square, watched over by the historic Gediminas Castle Tower. In 2018 Christmas tree in Vilnius wowed residents and visitors alike with its gleaming cogwheels and pulsating snowflakes. From above, a clock face was revealed, with arrays of lights forming bright roman numerals, a reminder of the approaching New Year countdown.
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However the particular surroundings and decorations of the Christmas tree change each year and always become a surprise. Not disclosing any particular details, the representatives of the municipality of Vilnius promise to deliver an even more impressive Christmas tree spectacle this year. The Christmas tree lighting in Vilnius will take place on November 30th at 5:00 PM before a festive live concert. The Christmas market in Vilnius will be open from November 30th, 2019 to January 7th, 2020 on the Cathedral Square in the heart of the historic Old Town.
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So, lets also have the look towards other top Christmas trees in Europe. Second best was the Prague in Czech Republic. Prague is romantic and so pleasant during the Christian season of Advent. You can enjoy the open-air concerts, the Christmas market in Prague and the magnificent Christmas tree near the Cathedral. Here again the Christmas tree lighting will be on November 30th, 2019 and Holiday Market will open from November 30th, 2019 to January 6th, 2020.
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Strasbourg in France stood third. Strasbourg is often considered as the capital of Christmas. A perfect destination to celebrate where you can discover its traditional Christmas market and illuminations. You won’t be able to resist the temptation of its pastries and treating yourself to a mulled wine in this beautiful city. The arrival of the Strasbourg Christmas Tree is certainly one of the most important events of the year and it marks the launch of the Christmas market. It is one of the biggest Christmas trees in Europe and as we have seen in the results, it is one of the most beautiful one. Christmas tree lighting has already taken place in Strasbourg on November 22nd marking the opening of Holiday market which will remain so till December 30th, 2019.
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Fourth best Christmas tree in Europe is at Cologne in Germany. Cologne is indeed one of the favourite destinations for Christmas travellers, a city made for Christmas. It is one of the most authentic and beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore. The larger Christmas markets are held in downtown Cologne, but Cologne’s smaller Christmas markets also have plenty to offer. Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. Here Christmas tree lighting has already been done on November 25th and Holiday Market will remain open from November 25th to December 23rd, 2019.
Christmas tree in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine fills the top five. It is a perfect destination for travellers looking for authenticity, snow, tradition. There is not one but several Christmas markets in Kyiv. You can admire its all famous Christmas tree at St. Sophia Square. The Kyiv City Council does not do things by halves since this real tree is decorated with tens of kilometres of garlands. With lighting of Christmas Tree, market will go open to visitors from 19th December to 13th January 2020.
Other to make the top ten of the list were Rome in Italy, Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary, Innsbruck in Austria again and finally, Brussels in Belgium.
Have you visited a Christmas market for your vacations? Which was the Christmas tree that you enjoy the most? Share with us in the comments section below.
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