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Inauguration of an 85 metre-high floating Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP pic
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IT is the season to pull out the Christmas lights, but if you’re in need of inspiration as to how to decorate your tree, then look no further than the world’s major cities, which have been busy trying to outdo one another with their festive displays for 2014.
Brazil is a nation that knows how to put on a show and Christmas is the perfect excuse.
Billed as the “largest floating Christmas tree in the world,” its stunning festive creation on the Rodrigo de Freitas lake in Rio de Janeiro oozes holiday spirit.
Meanwhile, the Shiodome shopping centre in Tokyo has excelled itself this year with the “Canyon d’Azur”, a stunning blue multi-tree creation fabricated from thousands of LED bulbs.
Luxury department store Galeries Lafayette in Paris has taken a unique approach and turned the festive season on its head with its gorgeous upside-down tree, while things are more traditional in Washington DC, where Capitol Hill was lit up this week with the unveiling of a 27-metre-high glittering fir.
In Europe the relatively mild Spanish weather hasn’t stopped Madrid from getting into the Christmas spirit with a lovely light show on the city’s Gran Via, while Berlin sets its annual towering Christmas tree at the famous Brandenburg Gate.
London has gotten all nostalgic for its childhood, with the city’s Legoland theme park unveiling an 8-metre high Lego tree made from 300,000 toy bricks.
And in Honduras, the biggest human Christmas tree in the world was created on Dec 1 by a total of 2,945 people, setting a new Guinness World Record and beating former reigning champion, Thailand.