Best Of 2012: The Most Inventive Christmas Decorations

Best Of 2012: The Most Inventive Christmas Decorations

Along with the gifts, the festive anthems, and the chocolates, one of the best parts of the holiday season is definitely the Christmas decorations. Here’s a list of the most inventive decorations we’ve seen so far this year. Did we miss something? Leave your favorites in the comments below…


Every year Madrid’s city council invites an architect or a designer to decorate the streets with festive lighting. This year, Teresa Sapey’s architecture firm was chosen to conceive the lighting for Serrano Street, one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in Madrid. They decorated the streets with colorful geometric shapes, using thousands of LEDs in the process.


This year The Mill collaborated with INT Works to create an interactive installation that turns tweets into paper snowflakes. Submit a wish via Twitter to @TheMillWishes, and your wish will be printed on a unique paper snowflake and added to the snowstorm on London’s Great Marlborough Street. For every flake, 10 pence is donated to the national charity organization Crisis UK. See the machine in action here.


The Communitree was created by the brands ScentSicles and Balsam Hill, who partenered to celebrate community through technology. From November 19th-November 21st, users were invited to control a robotic tree decorator by logging in via Facebook. For every decoration attempt, both brands donated $5 to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

tha ltd.

Creative group tha ltd. designed a miniature gingerbread town equipped with a live camera feed and SMS interactivity. The display, installed in the Yurakucho MUJI store in Toyko, Japan, is composed of 100 gingerbread houses with embedded monitors displaying holidays Tweets and Instagram pictures. Use the hashtag #mujixmas to participate, or watch the live feed.

Abies Electronicus

French Creators 1024 architecture conceived a reinterpretation of the classical Christmas tree as an architectural sculpture augmented with lights, sounds, and visuals. It will be on display until December 28th in Brussels, Belgium as part of the event Plaisir d’hiver. According to 1024, “The tree trunk is composed of a stairway which leads the visitor to an unprecedented panoramic view (19 metres high) of the Market Square and the centre of Brussels.”