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Canberra Christmas World Record

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by Caitlin Pianta (subscribe)
Queensland based writer and digital nomad.
Canberra Christmas - Just Can't Miss This

It wouldn't be Christmas in Canberra if there wasn't a world record attempt - and 2015 proves no different for the ambitious city.

This year, Canberra's resident Christmas lights man, David Richards brought over 1.5 kilometers of extra greenery to reinforce the tree, enabling it to hold some, hopefully, world-record-beating lights.

Japan currently holds the record with a tree at Universal Studios in Osaka sporting 364,200 festive lights. This year, Canberra plans to take over this record title.

The tree, which will be lit on the 27th of November, will be subject to a perpetual working bee over the next month - with volunteers refreshing all 220 branches of the 22-meter tree using the extra fir and almost 500 cable ties.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr helped to tie the first piece of fir on the tree as the volunteers commenced their efforts, and throughout the lead up to the holiday season tourists and local Canberrans' alike can bear witness to the installation of the tree and lights tunnel along City Walk near The Canberra Times fountain.

Money raised from gold coin donations by visitors to the lights will go to SIDS and Kids ACT to support local families experiencing the tragic loss of a baby or child; and to provide Safe Sleeping education classes to new and expectant parents and carers.

After Mr Barr turns on the lights on November 27, a Christmas concert will follow from 6pm to 10pm and feature Canberra's The Voice finalist Amber Nichols, Play School presenter Jay Laga'aia, the Grinch and Santa. The tunnel will feature an interactive display filled with LED 2D and 3D motifs individually themed to the 12 days of Christmas.
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Why? To feel those Christmas vibes
When: 27th November 2015
Where: City Walk, Canberra
Cost: Donation Entry
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