ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Holidays and Celebrations»
  • Christmas

Top 10 Most Expensive Christmas Trees In The World Ever

Updated on June 16, 2013

A little Christmas tree history

The Christmas tree originated in 7th century Germany. A monk named St. Boniface used the triangular shape of the Fir tree to illustrate the Holy Trinity in his teachings. Since then, and more prominently in 16th century Germany, families began to bring Spruce, Pine, and Fir trees into their homes and decorated them with nuts, candles, fruit, and paper flowers.

Over the years Christmas tree ideas have not only gained great popularity, but also evolved into many different variations with only one thing in common, the original triangle shape.

Now Christmas trees can be seen everywhere during the holiday season. So much, so that having the most expensive Christmas tree has become a sort of competition for some of the world's wealthiest people. Christmas trees are used to show off just how incredibly wealthy their owners are. So, just how valuable can a Christmas tree get?

10. Vermont pre lit artificial Christmas trees

 Value: $850 USD

Special features of this lighted Christmas tree include Hinged-branch construction and special memory wire. The special features of the Vermont Fir tree make it easier to set-up than earlier slim artificial Christmas Trees. This tree is 8.5 feet of multicoloured holiday celebration with the latest in artificial tree technology. I wonder what they'll come up with next.

9. Pre-Lit Frasier Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

 Value: $1,700 USD

This pre lit artificial Christmas tree is adorned with 1350 colourful, mini lights. This artificial Fir tree boasts an ability for individual lights to be removed from their sockets without effecting any of the other Christmas tree lights. At 10 feet tall, it towers over most other artificial Christmas trees on sale.

8. Sofitel London St. James - Black Christmas Tree Decorated With Cognac

Value: $55,000 USD

Just another run-of-the-mill, metal frame slim Christmas tree until you look a little closer. You will notice 200 miniature sized handmade 24-carat gold bottles containing Louis XIII, Grand-Champagne Cognac. Why they would openly leave booze in a hotel lobby is anybody's guess. The tree is 16.5 feet tall so if you were going to drink the champagne cognac, for safety reasons I would suggest starting from the top and working your way down.

7. Steve Quick Jewellers – Gold Tabletop Christmas Trees

Value: $500,000 USD

As a fund-raising project to benefit the American Cancer Society, this decorated Christmas tree was created by Steve Quick. The Chicago Jeweller casts small Christmas trees with 18K of solid gold. A couple features were added to increase the value of a larger tabletop tree, round diamond ornaments and a detachable platinum star Christmas tree topper. The star is detachable so it can be worn as a pendant. Just when you thought a 5 pound chunk of solid gold couldn't look any better, they topped it with 4.52 carats of bling, and that's just the one diamond in the platinum star!

6. Soo Kee Jewellery Shop - Diamond Christmas Tree

Value: $1 Million USD

Displayed at a shopping mall in Singapore called Bugis Junction, a 20 foot - 7,000 pound silver Christmas tree made everybody feel very poor as they looked for slightly more affordable gifts for their loved ones. A shiny-silvery glow of 21,798 diamonds and more than 3,000 crystals adorned this fabulous holiday spectacle. Would they really notice if one or two went missing?

5. Washington D.C. - Capitol Christmas Tree

Value:  >$1 Million USD

The tradition of standing a tall Fir tree on the West front of The Capitol in Washington, D.C. began in 1964. Every year the outdoor Christmas tree is cut, transported, and replanted. Rumours speculate that the cost of such an operation is well over $1 Million thus making this outdoor Christmas décor one of the most expensive in the world.

4. Ginza Tanaka Jewellery Shop - Tabletop Christmas Tree

Value: $1.6 Million USD

Ginza Tanaka Jewellery in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan displayed this beautiful slim Christmas tree that was decorated with over 240 priceless gems. It is a 24K gold small Christmas tree laced with an array of diamonds and pearls weighing a total of 46 pounds. It stands as the fourth most expensive decorated Christmas tree in the world.

3. Takashimaya Department Store – Preserved Rose Mini Christmas Tree

Value: $1.8 Million USD

Definite proof that size does not matter. Well, when you're talking about fake Christmas trees for sale that is. The 16 inch table top Christmas trees is made from preserved flowers and decorated with 400 diamonds. I wonder if the department store ever did collect on the $1.8 million price tag however, they did throw the teddy bear in to sweeten the deal.

2. Hong Kong Swarovski Crystal - LED Prelit Christmas Tree

Value: ????????

Standing a staggering 90 feet tall, the 40,000 Swarovski crystals are piled high into one spectacular Christmas tribute as part of the annual Hong Kong “Winterfest”. While this outdoor LED Christmas tree is fairly impressive during the day just wait till the sun goes down. Unfortunately, the cost of such a tree is unknown to us at this time, so the question “where does it place on this list?” can be answered with another question “Does your Christmas tree flash it's lights to the beat and shoot fireworks out the top?” I didn't think so.

Constructing The Giant

1. The Emirates Palace Hotel – Decorated Christmas Tree

Value: $11.4 Million USD

The seven star hotel in Dhabi displayed a 40 foot Christmas Pine covered with $11 million worth of diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and the like. This tree was on loan from a gallery in Abu Dhabi

If you were thinking about staying at The Emirates Palace Hotel you can expect to pay around $1 million every week. Expensive? Maybe, but your room comes with a Butler, a Maybach luxury car & driver, and a privet jet just in case you need to run to the supermarket in Edmonton, Canada to pick up a few things before dinner.

Emerates Palace Christmas Tree


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Comodorose profile image

      Comodorose 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta

      That's for sure 2besure, Christmas trees have gotten absolutely ridiculous.

    • 2besure profile image

      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It is something what a money making industry has turned out to be.

    • Comodorose profile image

      Comodorose 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta

      Thanks for the great comment Peggy.

      I enjoy reading your hubs also and I am looking forward to learning as I read more of them.

      Great to meet you.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! It is hard to imagine some of these trees! Diamonds, jewels...even cognac bottles! Thanks for sharing information about these most expensive Christmas trees in the world. You won't find such a one in our living room! Haha!