At this time of the year, Christmas cards feature Christmas trees of all shapes, colours and design but where will you find the World’s biggest Christmas trees?
There are many towns laying claim to this right! On record though, the tallest living Christmas tree, a grand fir, is actually at Coeur d’Alene Resort, Idaho, America and stands at an unbelievable height of 49 metres and still growing! The tree is decorated with more than 30,000 LED lights each year and the star on top is over 3 metres tall which is larger than most Christmas trees in our living rooms.
Who would have thought that 85 year old Pope Benedict XVI would be illuminating the world’s largest electronic Christmas tree from the Vatican City using a Sony Android Tablet? That’s exactly what he did last Christmas for the famous electronic tree in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy. The tree extends 750 metres up the hillside from the city and covers a surface area of 130,000 square metres to be adorned by a giant comet covering an area of 1,000 square metres.
Moving away from the traditional fairy lights and the smell of pine, why not erect a LEGO Christmas tree this year. Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks in London is 1 of only 13 certified LEGO professionals in the UK and he had the amazing task of building a 10 metre Christmas tree made entirely of LEGO blocks. It took 600,000 LEGOS and 172 LEGO branches to complete. Children from London schools made the 1,200 LEGO Christmas ornaments that complete this unusual festive sight.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, floats the largest Christmas tree each year. The floating tree has been one of Rio’s top Christmas attractions since 1996 and produces special effects that can be seen for miles. The tree is 85 metres tall the same height as a 29 story building, weighs 542 tons and is embellished with 3.3 million Christmas lights.
As of 2009, Mexico City holds the world record for the world’s biggest artificial Christmas tree. The tree consists of 80 kilometres of cable and 1.2 million light bulbs. It exceeds the previous record set by a Christmas tree in Aracuju, Brazil, by a mere 24cm and is 110.35 metres tall, 35 metres in diameter and weighs a whopping 330 tons. It takes 200 workers two months to raise and decorate the tree in time for the holiday season.
So as the Christmas season draws closer, people will be starting to wonder what kind of tree they will be erecting in their living room this year. With so many options available to every taste it should be easy, shouldn’t it? Or you could just leave it to the professionals and visit one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world instead.
Written by Tara Blair
It was almost as good as dream comes true for Tara when she got an offer as a full-time writer three years ago. Tara loves to share her passion on anything to do with DIY art and craft. This year she is going to hand make Christmas cards to her family and friends. When Tara is not writing you will most probably find her at her local yoga studio coaching fellow yogis.