’Tis the season for extravagant decorations, as the world’s designers vie against one another to deck the halls in the most luxurious manner possible. From London to New York to Paris, these Christmas trees, which can cost well into the six figures, will likely make your family’s tree look as pathetic as Charlie Brown’s.
Bypass the tree in Rockefeller Center and visit New York’s museums to see the best of Yuletide luxury in the city. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s tree features a collection of more than 200 creche angel figurines that hover in the branches, as well as a Neapolitan Nativity scene at the base, according to Bloomberg.
On the other side of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History’s 13-foot tree includes more than 1,000 pieces of origami art, crafted by actual origami professionals, as well as by lowly volunteers.
But a mere Christmas tree with ornaments is also not chic enough for some of Paris’ most extravagant displays. Designed by French artist Didier Faustino, “The Lightning Tree” in the lobby of luxury hotel Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris features four separate lightning sculptures under a neon light. The keen observer might notice that the negative space formed by the sculptures forms the shape of a Christmas tree.
Elsewhere in the city of lights, the charity Les Sapins de Noel des Createurs calls on designers – including Chanel and Christian Dior – to create elaborate, abstract versions of Christmas trees that are then auctioned off to support the fight against cancer. A crowd favorite this year was Pierre Herme’s macaron tree, likely the most expensive Christmas decoration you can eat.
Also not satisfied with a simple Yuletide log, the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris has created a forest for its courtyard and main lobby. Aptly called the Arctic Fantasy, it features giant polar bears and penguins made of colored mirrors.
Finally, Ebenezer Scrooge would likely give a hearty “bah humbug” to some of some outlandish Christmas displays in London. Teaming up with Burberry executive Christopher Bailey, art deco luxury hotel Claridge’s features a likely Burl Ives-approved tree made of 100 silver and gold umbrellas, Bloomberg reported.
And nothing says it’s the holiday season quite like a hand-crafted Indian sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Intended to celebrate both Diwali and Christmas, the politically correct display features a tree-shaped collection of free-standing structures made of beaten brass and painted with Indian motifs.