Britain’s quirkiest Christmas trees! From one made entirely out of precariously-balanced wine glasses to a display of ballet shoes in the foyer of the London Coliseum

  • In Britain, living rooms have Christmas trees that are 500 years old. 
  • With these festive decorations, there are no trees in sight 
  • Here, we present our pick of the best, and — of course — fir play to them all . . . 










LivingThe tradition of lighting up Christmas trees in rooms all over the country dates back to 500 years ago.

Have you seen any other festive creations like this? 

There’s not a proper tree in sight. 

Instead, these inventive versions range from one ‘tree’ made entirely out of precariously-balanced wine glasses in one of our finest stately homes, to a display of ballet shoes in the foyer of the London Coliseum, home of the English National Ballet.

In a Scottish fishing community, one was made from lobster pots.

We present the top picks. And — of course — fir play to them all . . .

Rebecca Whitney finalises the glass tree in the cinnamon room at Harewood House stately home is decorated with a perfect and sumptuous Christmas display

Rebecca Whitney finishes the Harewood House cinnamon room glass tree. It is now decorated with an exquisite and lavish Christmas display

A Christmas tree made from lobster creels topped with a tinsel crab went on display at a fishing village in Ullapool, in the Scottish Highlands

A Christmas tree made from lobster creels topped with a tinsel crab went on display at a fishing village in Ullapool, in the Scottish Highlands

Claudia Bolling, House & Collections Officer, adding final touches to this years Abbotsford Christmas tree, which has been made using books from the collection by Sir Walter Scott at the novelist's home in Melrose, Scottish Borders

Claudia Bolling, House & Collections Officer, adding final touches to this years Abbotsford Christmas tree, which has been made using books from the collection by Sir Walter Scott at the novelist’s home in Melrose, Scottish Borders

A display of ballet shoes in the foyer of the London Coliseum, home of the English National Ballet

London's legendary Mayfair hotel has unveiled Claridge's Christmas Tree 2021 in the hotel lobby, created by Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the Dior men's collections

Left: A display of ballet footwear in the foyer at the London Coliseum. Home to the English National Ballet. Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2021 in London’s Mayfair hotel was unveiled by Kim Jones Artistic Director for the Dior men’s collection.

Horticulturalist Liam Anderson  admires the Christmas display of 850 poinsettias in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey

Horticulturalist Liam Anderson  admires the Christmas display of 850 poinsettias in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey

A team of model makers carefully installed a 33ft tall tree made out of 364,481 Lego and Duplo bricks at Legoland in Windsor

Defying physics: A display in a science teaching laboratory at London’s UCL

The tree was carefully built by a team of model-makers from Legoland Windsor. It is 33 feet tall and made of 364,481 Lego bricks. A display in a science teaching laboratory at London’s UCL (right)

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