From its Puritan roots to complaints of rampant commercialism, Christmas around the world is been filled with traditions, old and new. Some date back to 16th-century Germany or even ancient Greek times, while others have caught on only in modern times.
And, among them, Christmas trees are one of the most popular, now all over the world.
Their tradition is long and rich, and has resulted in some modern trees that run the gamut from breathtakingly beautiful, encapsulating everything that Christmas stands for, to something simply weird.
Thus, If you need a little help to get into the holiday spirit this year, get yourself a winter drink with some holiday treats and a tour of the world’s best or most unusual Christmas trees. These towering pines (or sand or bottle piles, in some cases) are decked to the nines and shine brightly for holiday season, from Florida, Brazil, Mexico all the way to Lithuania.
When the Christmas season comes to Melbourne, Australia, the city turns into a winter fairy tale, although in fact, it’s summer in Victoria.
December will surprise you with all sorts of festivities from Christmas Festival to traditional Christmas markets across the city.
Magic awaits residents at many venues, including the City Square Plaza, Melbourne Town Hall, and Federation Square.
Some of the most impressive Christmas lights are displayed in the Ivanhoe district.
The Boulevard is covered with lights from the ground to treetops, and everything starts shimmering and glowing attracting thousands of spectators after dark. Tennyson Avenue in Preston and Gordon Grove are other spots to enjoy Christmas lights. The computerized system manages over 40,000 lights creating the most beautiful combinations of shows, videos, and carols, while Lebanon Crescent shows off more than 100,000 lights, and also features the Polar Express to take you around.
For the best experience, stroll down Swanston Street to view Christmas animations at State Library Victoria and static projections on Melbourne Town Hall and Princes Bridge.
The Christmas Festival in Melbourne lasts until the end of the Christmas holidays.
The city streets are decorated with lights and tinsel, and the Christmas tree goes up in Federation Square, that becomes literally Christmas Square with the arrival of the annual Christmas Festival.
Federation Square is the central place of the holiday where a Christmas tree is put up every year and where theatrical musical performances take place.
It becomes a glorious glittering winter wonderland in the midst of summer when it is transformed into Christmas Square full of twinkling lights, the enormous 16 metre-tall Christmas Tree, Santa’s Workshop and more.
You can take a picture with Fred and Fifi, the Fed Christmas Gulls, enormous light-up sculptures welcoming you to the Square, get an “Elfie Selfie” or take your picture next to the Fed Square letters that have had an elegant festive make-over.
And of course, Santa himself.
Actually Koorie Klaus, an Indigenous version of the internationally known Santa Klaus.
If you’re in the city on 30 November, get ready for the official lighting of the tree.
There’ll be roving performers on the evening then, each night until 24 December, there’ll be daily shows of the Christmas lights the whole family will love.
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