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Eloise Gets a Christmas Tree (Plus 9 Other Classic Trees Kids Will Oooh and Aaaah Over)

Eloise tree

It's about time Eloise got her own tree. Photo Credit: Alexander Porter BFAnyc.com

You’d think a little girl who has so dramatically occupied the tippy-top floor of The Plaza since 1955 would have had her very own Christmas tree before now. You’d think.

But Eloise only got her due at the end of this past November when renowned eclectic designer Betsey Johnson designed one for her. The result is an 18-foot spectacular pink and sparkly creation befitting a girl with a very famous imagination.

To be a kid at Christmastime is to love a fabulous tree. Check out Eloise’s tree, along with 9 other classic ones (and some fun facts) that your kids (and you!) will undoubtedly adore:

  • Eloise Tree 1 of 10
    Eloise Tree
    Eloise has lived at The Plaza for ages, so it's fitting that she finally has a tree to call her own (with some help from designer Betsey Johnson). Check out the 18-foot creation decked with pink feathers, sparkles and foldout Eloise paper dolls at the landmark New York hotel through January 4.
    Photo Credit: Alexander Porter BFAnyc.com
  • Pacific Northwest Ballets Maurice Sendak Nutcracker Tree 2 of 10
    Pacific Northwest Ballets Maurice Sendak Nutcracker Tree
    The Nutcracker ballet is a classic, but what makes Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet's production so special are the majestic Maurice Sendak-designed costumes and set. Since 1983, Clara's 1,000-pound tree has grown before the eyes of the audience from 14-feet to an astonishing 28-feet. Performances this year run through December 27.
    Photo Credit: Angela Sterling
  • Rockefeller Center Tree 3 of 10
    Rockefeller Center Tree
    The 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree — a Norway Spruce — is illuminated for the first time ever this year with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire. A Swarovski crystal star tops it off. The tree has been a New York tradition for 79 years. On display through January 6.
  • National Christmas Tree (outside the White House) 4 of 10
    National Christmas Tree (outside the White House)
    The National Christmas Tree is in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House. It's been decorated for Christmas annually since 1923. Beginning in 1954, the tree lighting has marked the start of a month-long festival, the Pageant of Peace.
  • National Christmas Tree (inside the White House) 5 of 10
    National Christmas Tree (inside the White House)
    While the White House has been home to an "official" Christmas tree since 1923, in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room by decorating with a "Nutcracker" motif.
  • American Museum of Natural History Origami Tree 6 of 10
    American Museum of Natural History Origami Tree
    The museum's Origami Holiday Tree has been a tradition for over 30 years. Over 500 paper creations adorn the tree, with volunteers starting the folding process each July. This year's 13-foot tree theme is The Museum's Biggest and Best, with ornaments inspired by The World's Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, which is currently on display in Manhattan. The tree can be seen though January 2.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Display 7 of 10
    Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Display
    The Christmas tree — a 20-foot blue spruce — decorated with more than 50 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs is a longstanding New York City/Met tradition. The crèche figures hung on the tree are part of a collection that began in 1925, with the public display at the museum beginning in 1964. The tree will be on view through January 8.
    Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Tree of Peace 8 of 10
    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Tree of Peace
    Located at 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, the tree is decorated with 1,000 origami paper cranes, symbolizing peace. Workshops are available to teach kids how to make them.
  • Charlie Brown Tree 9 of 10
    Charlie Brown Tree
    The gold standard of pathetic Christmas trees guaranteed to simultaneously warm your heart and make you feel better about the lack of pine needles on your own Charlie Brown tree. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on Monday, December 5, on ABC.
  • Dr. Seuss Tree 10 of 10
    Dr. Seuss Tree
    Even the Grinch — with his heart "two sizes too small" — can't steal the Christmas spirit from Whoville and its glorious town tree. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" airs on Wednesday, December 7, on the Cartoon Network.


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