Christmas Tree Sets Record With 518,838 Lights: Australia

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Canberra: An Australian set his third Christmas themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.

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.

Richards, a Canberra lawyer and businessman, brought together a team of volunteers including an electrical engineer, structural engineer, welders, carpenters, masons and steel fixers to erect the dazzling display on a 22-meter (72-foot) steel tree.

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.

“Some people say I’ve got quite a knack for getting people to do things for nothing,” Richards said.

“I get people to do things for nothing because they know that I do things for nothing and I’m contributing my own money, resources, time and effort as well – so maybe they feel sorry for me,” he added.

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