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.

An 88-foot white spruce, the Capitol Christmas Tree at the US Capitol in Washington. — AFP pic
An 88-foot white spruce, the Capitol Christmas Tree at the US Capitol in Washington. — AFP pic

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.

Christmas lights on Monteras street near Gran Via in the centre of Madrid. — AFP pic
Christmas lights on Monteras street near Gran Via in the centre of Madrid. — AFP pic

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.

Illuminations featuring the theme of 'Canyon d' Azur' (Blue Canyon) in Tokyo. — AFP pic
Illuminations featuring the theme of ‘Canyon d’ Azur’ (Blue Canyon) in Tokyo. — AFP pic

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.

Paris' department store Galeries Lafayette's Christmas tree. — AFP pic
Paris’ department store Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas tree. — AFP pic

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.

A Christmas tree in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate landmark. — AFP pic
A Christmas tree in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate landmark. — AFP pic

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.

 Legoland model maker Katrina James (right) placing a Lego star onto the top of a 8m tall Lego Christmas tree during a photocall at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London. — AFP pic
Legoland model maker Katrina James (right) placing a Lego star onto the top of a 8m tall Lego Christmas tree during a photocall at Legoland Windsor Resort, west of London. — AFP pic

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.

Handout picture released by the Honduran presidency showing the biggest human Christmas tree which set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia, in Tegucigalpa. — AFP pic
Handout picture released by the Honduran presidency showing the biggest human Christmas tree which set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia, in Tegucigalpa. — AFP pic

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