[slideshow] It’s officially the holidays, and hotels are greeting the season by trimming their show-stopping trees. Here are some of the most outrageous tannenbaums we’ve seen at top luxury hotels.
The Plaza Hotel. Forget red and green — this tree is the pinkest around. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson designed the tree to channel Eloise, the little girl who lived in The Plaza in the kids storybook. The neon tree is decked with feather boas, Eloise ornaments, tinsel and plenty of glitter.
Bellagio Las Vegas. Bellagio’s conservatory is always an elaborate display, and during this season, the soaring Christmas tree is the centerpiece. The 42-foot white fir is covered in approximately 13,500 white lights, plus a heavy load of silver and gold ornaments, and it’s framed by giant bells hanging from the glass ceiling. Nearby, you’ll want to take a peek at the polar bears made from white carnations and the animated ice skating penguins.
Claridge’s. Fashion house Lanvin designed the London hotel’s whimsical tree, picking up where Christian Dior designer John Galliano left off last year. A family of glamorous marionettes dressed in Lanvin (what else?) lounges on a settee in front of the 20-foot evergreen decorated with colorful ornaments. Don’t miss the bespectacled fairy topper fashioned after Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. This futuristic 65-foot LED tree covered in clear glass balls sits above The Venetian’s outdoor fountain on the Strip. Catch the fanciful tree lighting show that starts at 6:30 nightly and runs every hour until 10:30.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Kids won’t be able to resist the Five-Star hotel’s tree that’s covered completely with teddy bears. Set up for the popular Teddy Bear Tea, the lobby tree is often surrounded by even more stuffed animals brought in by visitors to donate to local non-profits.
Photos courtesy The Plaza Hotel/BFAnyc.com, Bellagio Las Vegas, Claridge’s, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and Four Seasons Boston.