Deck the halls: the world's best Christmas decorations

It's time to get festive

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the world's top hotels and tourist destinations looking their sparkling best.

From London to Los Angeles, luxury lodgings and visitor attractions go all out to capitalise on the warm, festive glow, enlisting fashion designers and florists to create the most decadent decorations possible.

Leading the charge is Claridge's in London, which has enlisted the help of fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana to create its centrepiece tree for the second year running. Sitting pretty next to its grand central staircase, the tree is festooned with 300 hand-blown glass baubles and 9,000 fairy lights. Clustered around the base aren't presents, but an enchanted forest scene with moving woodland creatures.

Close by, Brown's Hotel has woven a travel theme into its decorations, which have been created by luxury luggage brand, Globetrotter. A stack of purple Voyage suitcases works its way up to a pinnacle decorated by giant gold baubles in the lobby.

 

Thompson Belgraves, also in central London, has created a delicate paper-cut scene in its front window. The hand-cut scene marries a woodland scene with its urban location in the heart of Belgravia.

Of course nowhere does "the holidays" bigger or better than the US. In Las Vegas, the Neon Museum is putting on a "December to Remember" event on Saturday 13 December, when its own quirky take on Christmas lights will be unveiled.

Meanwhile, eight blocks of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles will be transformed into a "Candy Cane Lane" from 13 December. 

And while the Rockefeller might the the most iconic of New York's light displays, the city's department store windows offer a glimpse of quirkier scenes, from the enchanted fairytale display at Saks Fifth Avenue, to Tiffany & Co's Mad Men-inspired displays of New York.

But perhaps the grandest of the lot is Barney's where film director Baz Luhrmann has created "Baz Dazzled: The Window" - a moving, multi-platform extravaganza at the Madison Avenue flagship incorporating woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls and more.

'Tis the season to be jolly indeed.

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