It’s Official: These Are the Most Coastal Christmas Trees in America
Sandi the Sand Tree
West Palm Beach, Florida
This coastal Christmas tree has a name—and its own twitter account (follow @SandiTreeWPB for the latest from this sunshine state holiday staple). Made entirely of sand—600 tons of it—Sandi is the largest sand-sculpted Christmas tree in the world. You can catch her keeping watch over the West Palm Beach Waterfront all December during the city’s Holiday in Paradise celebration.
Fishing Buoy Tree
Key West, Florida
It may be known for its balmy weather, but the Conch Republic becomes quite the winter wonderland when the holiday season hits. The “Key West Bight Before Christmas”—the town’s annual kickoff and stroll through the harbor’s walk of lights—starts here at the aptly named fishing buoy Christmas tree at Bight Marina.
Nantucket is home to Winter Stroll (their festive holiday kickoff celebration), a Santa who arrives by coast guard boat, and this utterly charming floating Christmas tree. It’s a perennial favorite on Instagram and is one of our most-liked posts ever.
Surfboard Christmas Tree
Palm Beach, Florida
Forget the sleigh. We all know that Santa is secretly a beach bum, and his preferred transportation mode is surfboard (take five, Rudolph!). The folks at The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach are obviously in the know, and they’ve made it abundantly clear with this stunner of a surfboard Christmas tree. Using 52 custom-made surfboards, the tree’s retro-pastel color scheme was inspired by the plaza’s roots (it was constructed in the 1950s). The tree is 20 feet tall, weighs more than 4,000 pounds, and was built to withstand up to 110 mile-per-hour winds.
Christmas Banyan Tree
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Decked out in thousands of Christmas lights, this nearly one-acre-wide banyan tree is a sight to behold. Located just off Lahaina Harbor, it’s the oldest living banyan on Maui and was planted in 1873 to honor the first anniversary of Christian missionaries’ arrival to the island.
Lobster Trap Christmas Tree
Said to be the tallest lobster trap tree in the world, Rockland’s stands at 35 feet high and is made with 155 red and green lobster traps constructed just for the occasion by neighboring Brooks Trap Mill. The epic crustacean-inspired creation is covered in 1/8 of a mile each of holiday lights and garland, and is festooned with local lobstermen’s buoys, each sporting a unique color scheme and design.
Pineapple Christmas Tree
Savannah is known for its Southern hospitality and charm, so it’s only fitting that The Marshall House hotel creates a tree in the fruit’s (a symbol of hospitality) image each holiday season. The hotel transforms a traditional tree into a pineapple lookalike by creating a net to mimic the fruit’s natural crosshatch pattern and topping the tree with sago palm fronds. You can even replicate the look at home using their handy DIY tutorial.
Crab Bushel Tree
The little town of Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is home to a vibrant crabbing industry—and a Christmas tree to prove it. Their 22-foot-tall crab bushel basket tree is made of 196 baskets on loan from local seafood purveyors J.M. Clayton Seafood Company and Lindy’s Seafood. When the tree is disassembled in mid-January, the bushels go back to their day jobs on the water.