‘Tis the Season of Trees

Christmas trees are up across the country, from NYC to Commerce, CA. Would you travel to see one of these gigantic trees?

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Nothing says the holidays like a glittering Christmas tree. During this time of year, it’s the trees that bring communities together and draw travelers from all over. “They really symbolize Christmas so well, and attract tens of thousands of people,” Tim O’Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association (who knew there was such a thing!) shared with USA Today. Here are his favorite tree picks.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree, Kansas City, Missouri

This one is one of the largest Christmas trees in the nation. The 100-foot Oregon Douglas fir hovers over Crown Center, which is all set with an ice-skating rink, gingerbread village and holiday train. And, at the end of each year, ornaments are made from the wood from the tree to benefit a holiday charity fund for needy residents in the city. How cute!

Citadel Outlets, Commerce, California

Home to what some call the world’s largest live-cut Christmas tree, the white fir tree is 110 feet tall. It’s decorated with 18,000 LED lights and 10,000 ornaments. It can be easily seen from the freeway.

White House Christmas Tree, Washington, D.C.

Did you know that the Christmas tree has to win the most votes to make it to the White House? This year’s winner is a 19.5-foot Fraser fir. White House staff picked the tree to be displayed in the Blue Room, which is a really big deal for the National Christmas Tree Association.

Christmas at the Capitol, Pierre, South Dakota

There are nearly 100 Christmas trees decked out at the South Dakota State capital each season. Each tree is decorated by a different company or organization, attracting crowds from all over. “They’re all real, all beautiful and all unique,” O’Connor shared.

Perkasie Borough, Pennsylvania

Fun fact: Christmas tree lighting did not start until 1909. The town claims to host the oldest community tree lighting ceremony in the country. A longstanding tradition, it still attracts crowds, year after year. 

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Oh, New York. O’Connor says, “It’s just a work of art. It’s as close to perfection as you can probably get. It literally stops traffic.” This year, the tree is a 72-foot, 12-ton Norway spruce, adorned with 50,000 LED lights, topped with a (wait for it) 900-pound star created with millions of Swarovski crystals. Sounds magical.

Toledo Zoo, Ohio 

The zoo grounds are decorated with over a million lights. The 85-foot spruce tree includes 35,000 of those. Families can enjoy a lights show and caroling for the ultimate festive experience.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston 

Aside from adding to Boston’s skyline, this year, the 60-foot Norwegian spruce tree treats visitors to Boston’s historic market. There are light shows that sync the tree to six holiday songs, including Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” 

Nugget Casino, Sparks, Nevada

Aside from the usual gambling guest, this casino attracts families with the 70-foot tree in the town’s Victorian Square. 

Texas pecan tree, Highland Park, Texas

This mammoth pecan tree stands 75 feet tall, 75 feet wide, and almost 150 years old. Each year, the tree is the centerpiece for the town’s annual community holiday celebration, which takes four men one week to decorate.

Which tree will you be traveling to see? Read more on USA Today here.

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Christmas trees are up across the country, from NYC to Commerce, CA. Would you travel to see one of these gigantic trees?

33% Ya, I love Christmas!
67% Nah, I’ll pass
34% Ya, I love Christmas!
66% Nah, I’ll pass
29% Ya, I love Christmas!
71% Nah, I’ll pass

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