Upside-down Christmas tree returns in San Francisco

The Westfield Shopping Centre’s 50-foot-tall, upside-down Christmas tree—as seen all over Instagram last holiday season—returns for a second year suspended from the San Francisco mall’s signature dome. While the official lighting happened on November 30, shoppers can see it in all of its inverted glory throughout December.

The chandelier-like tree, covered in crystals, first appeared in 2016, when Curbed SF praised the mall’s designers for creating a holiday visage that would attract social media tags throughout the season.

Now it appears that inverted trees have caught on worldwide. There’s one at the Claridge’s Hotel in London this year, and another at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego.

Even Target and Amazon now sell artificial trees designed for inverted display (to the confusion of some), although none of these examples include Westfield’s additional innovation of hanging the tree high above visitor’s heads.

credit: SF Curbed