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Australian Christmas tree sets Guinness record with more than half-a-million lights

Australian lawyer sets third Christmas-themed world record by putting 518,838 lights on a tree in Canberra, raising money for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2015 3:32:20 pm
In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, people gather to observe a Guinness World Records attempt for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree in Canberra, Australia. Australian David Richards set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights. Guinness World Records confirmed that Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree that had been held for five years by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. (Lukas Coch/AAP Via AP) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, people gather to observe a Guinness World Records attempt for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree in Canberra, Australia. (Source: AP)

The Australian city of Canberra set a world record in the most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree on November 27.

The man responsible for this feat is David Richards, who had brought together a team of volunteers to erect this 72ft steel tree and deck it up with 518,838 twinkling lights. Richards creates such Christmas extravaganzas to raise money for Canberra’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity, SIDS and Kids, by drawing large crowds and inviting them to donate.

This is the lawyer’s third entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, and this time he beat one that had been held for five years by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. That 118-foot Japanese tree had set a new benchmark of 374,280 lights.

Here’s a video of the historic event.

 

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