Christmas trees are now a fixture in holiday celebrations all over the world. The Christmas tree has come a long way from its roots in early modern Germany. Acquiring popularity in the 19th century, the Christmas tree tradition has spread to almost every part of the world, thus leading to the production of a variety of Christmas trees—some traditional, unusual, spectacular, and with our list, downright expensive. Take a look at some of the most expensive Christmas trees ever made, proving that the fruit-and-candle decorated trees of times passed have come a long way.
1. Christmas Tree at Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2. Christmas Tree by Soo Kee Jewellery Shop, Singapore
Singapore is fast becoming a true diamond of Asia and in a timely fashion, it has produced a spectacular 20-foot tree that is an enchanting piece on its own. Soo Kee Jewellery created a dazzling Christmas tree that looks at most delicate and otherworldly with its sparkling silver tone and intricate details. Around 21,798 precious diamonds make up the tree mixed with approximately 3,000 or so crystals to enhance the dazzle factor. This enchanting piece, worth $1M, can be found at the upscale Bugis Junction in the island state.
3. Christmas Tree by Ginza Tanaka Jewelry, Tokyo, Japan
Ever fancied a Christmas tree made of 24-carat gold? Japan jeweler Ginza Tanaka, who specializes in gold jewelry, made such an item three times! The first luxury Christmas tree they made stood at around 2 meters high and cost a staggering $850,000. Trumping that, they made another Christmas tree for a different year costing $1.9M. In line with the recent commemoration of Walt Disney’s 110th anniversary, another golden Christmas tree was commissioned. The tree is worth approximately $4.2M and featuring well-loved Disney characters as points of interest.
4. Christmas Tree by Steve Quick, Chicago, IL, USA
What started off as a bid against cancer became one of the most expensive Christmas trees in history. Steve Quick, a company based in Chicago, IL, created a tree from solid 18-karat gold. A 4.52- carat stone set in a platinum start sits atop the golden tree. 200 carats worth of diamonds and diamond-briolette ornaments completed the über de luxe piece worth around $500,000. The Christmas tree was eventually auctioned off and the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society—a luxury for a cause.
5. Christmas Tree at Sofitel London St. James Hotel, London
At first glance, one might think the black tree at the Sofitel London St. James to be an unassuming piece. A closer inspection would show why the tree is able to command such a price. Bottles upon bottles of 24-carat containers filled with small amounts of the high-end Grand-Champagne Cognac Louis XIII hang from the tree “branches”. This creative addition explains the hefty $55,000 price tag.