There’s nothing like a gorgeously green Christmas tree heavy with shimmering ornaments and twinkling lights to get you in the holiday mood. It’s the sight of the season, perfect for taking spirited selfies, and just the thing that hotels use to transform their lobbies from everyday to holiday. If you’re traveling this month or happen to live near one of these merry properties, we recommend you book a room or stop by to check out their terrific tannenbaums.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
At this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in Vancouver, the tree is so fabulous that it’s on display behind velvet ropes. The 12-foot wonder is adorned with 200 Swarovski crystal snowflake ornaments and 2,100 LED lights. It has such a beautiful frosty blue glow that Frozen fans will wonder if Elsa helped in the decorating.
The Christmas tree at this London icon was designed by Italian fashion favorites Dolce & Gabbana. The 26-foot tree is surrounded by animatronic rabbits, foxes, deer and squirrels, providing an enchanted woodland feel to the Art Deco lobby. The 300 hand-painted glass sphere ornaments have pictures of international flags on them, symbolizing how the holiday spirit exists around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
This Four-Star hotel is home to five distinct, but wildly creative trees. Upon arriving in the lobby, marvel at the two 8-foot stunners that hang upside down from the ceiling. These teal, silver and white beauties sparkle, creating a light show beneath them. There’s also the world’s largest croquembouche tree — we’re talking eight feet of French profiteroles deliciously stacked. Another edible tree, this one made of 8,000 macarons, took the pastry team a marathon 58 hours to assemble. Finally, outside, is a 17-foot, environmentally friendly tree made entirely of recycled green plastic bottles that glow with LED lights.
At this historic Asheville landmark, the showpiece tree is a fresh Fraser fir grown specifically for the estate at a nearby family farm in Avery County. The 35-foot vision sits in the Banquet Hall and is crowned with a specially created topper that changes annually. This year, the Biltmore floral design team crafted a three-dimensional, three-foot glided globe star that’s covered in glitter, tinsel and beading.
Sir Francis Drake
Another traditional tree can be found at this San Francisco hotel. This one stands more than 27 feet tall and is filled with red and gold glass, tinsel, feather ornaments and sparkling white lights. Though the Tea Under The Tree afternoon gathering ended on Dec. 23, Scala’s Bistro will still serve its scrumptious breakfast and lunch on Christmas Eve.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
At Sin City’s Italian-inspired wonder, the tree is, naturally, over the top. The whopping 65-foot-tall marvel, which took a team of 12 three days to set up, weighs 12,000 pounds and is covered with 50,000 LED lights and 5,000 ornaments. The lights are programmable and feature an ever-changing display of rainbow colors.
The Jefferson Hotel
There are few places more festive than this Richmond institution. This year, the Five-Star property ups the holiday ante even more with a tree that took hotel elves four days to decorate. The 28-foot eye-catcher is covered in thousands of white lights and hundreds of perfectly tied red bows. Underneath it stands an army of toy soldiers ready to fight off any imposing mice.