Where to go? Inspiration tips and more! (Christmas Edition)

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Every two weeks there will be some tips to go out for inspiration! Exhibitions, musea or other great places! The following weeks it will be all about the Christmas holidays!

Editor: Dorien Luyckx

Christmas is in the air and what is more fun than decorating a Christmas Tree? But with some trees you just can’t compete. This week the culture article will show some Christmas Trees that are more than just trees, but little and bigger pieces of art.

1. Swarovski Christmas tree
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Swarovski is a luxury brand of jewelry, haute couture and crystal glass sculptures. Every year around the holidays they set up Christmas Trees decorated with Swarovski crystals. Swarovski once again presents a range of beautiful crystal trees in different locations around the world. Come and experience the magic! Locations are Zürich, New York, Beijing and many more! For more info you can go to their website.

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Unfortunately the trees are too big to put in your own living room (unless you are a multibillionaire who lives in a palace) For the others you can get a little Swarovski sparkle in your own home with the many Christmas tree decorations Swarovski offers online.

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2. Christmas tree in New York

The Christmas Tree in New York on the Rockefeller Center is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The lighting of the tree was on the third of December with many live performances. Tens of thousands crowded the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watched it live on television. The tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 8pm on January 7th, 2015.

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It wouldn’t be winter without a spin around the city’s most celebrated traditions: The ice Rink. Let’s twirl and swirl between New Yorkers, city visitors and Christmas lights. And if you want to warm up, you can enjoy a hot chocolate at one of the many bars! For more information on the World Famous Ice Skating Rink, please visit therinkatrockcenter.com.

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3. Brussels’ Winter Wonders
Celebrating Christmas in Brussels is far much more than putting up a tree, singing Christmas carols and having dinner. Winter Wonders is part fair, part market, but mainly doused in warmth, lights and a whole lot of fun. The 55-meters tall Ferris wheel for example offers a fabulous view over the magical lights of Winter Wonders and a very festive Brussels.

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The Place Sainte Catherine, a setting adored by all Bruxellois, welcomes an enchanting whirlwind that will transform the church into an ice cathedral. Every evening, as night falls, an ice fairy will light up the façade of the church, transforming it into a gigantic ice cathedral. Throughout a series of sparkling tableaux, the fairy plays with architecture, building her frozen universe. She swirls amidst ice crystals, gifts and childhood dreams. In this video mapping show, the architecture is sublimated by the use of startling 3D video special effects.

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For more info you can go to the website of Winter Wonders.

4. Paris’ designer trees
Every year some designers are asked to design a Christmas Tree for the annual event ‘Les Sapins de Noël des Créateurs‘. These trees are auctioned and the collected money will go to the organisation Avec that battles cancer. They try to improve the life of cancer patients, they invest in medical research and spread information all over France and beyond its borders.
Some trees of this year’s auction:

Designed by Dior
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Designed by Chanel
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Designed by Elie Saab
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Designed by Stella McCartney
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Designed by Yves Saint Laurent (in collaboration with Oh! by Kopenhagen Fur)
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