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Guiness World Records™ attempt - most Xmas lights on a tree
Christmas in the City has become one of Canberra's most popular family events, with celebrations running from the 27th of November to 31 December with a premier Christmas program.
Last year the event, held by SIDS and Kids ACT, broke the Guinness World Record™ for the "Largest LED Light Image Display in the World" with 1194,380 lights. It was a magical Christmas wonderland for kids of all ages to walk through with wonder. This year, they are planning another spectacular world record - the Guinness World Record™ title for "The most number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree".
Currently the record belongs to Universal Studios Christmas tree in Japan, illuminated by 364,200 lights last year for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Canberra has got this record in it's sights for 2015..
Source: In the City website.
As well as this world record attempt, there will be a magical 70 metre Christmas lights tunnel to stroll through, flashing Christmas characters and enough fairy lights to put your home Christmas tree to shame. The SIDS and Kids ACT annual Christmas Lights in the City will transform Canberra's CBD every night of the event from 6pm to 11pm.. Entry is by gold coin donation.
On the Opening night of 27th of November, there will be a family concert starting at 6pm held just near the Canberra Times Fountain outside Canberra Centre. The star-studded line-up includes The Voice 2015 contestant Amber Nichols, New-Zealand-Australian actor and Play School presenter Jay Laga'aia, the Grinch and Santa!
The Chief Minister will officially switch on the Canberra Christmas tree at approximately 8:40PM in an attempt to break the world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.
Christmas in the City will then begin a month of Christmas fun and celebrations including family concerts, night markets, competitions, art and music, an ice castle, Santa Claus, Flip Out trampolining, petting zoo, kids activities and what every Christmas event needs...camels!
Ride a Camel in the City. Fees apply. Source: In The City Facebook from 2014.
The event will start to get set up in October, showing the time and effort that goes into preparing for this spectacular event. SIDS and Kids ACT would appreciate volunteers to help set up the Christmas lights - if you would like to help, see their Facebook page for more information.
The popular Christmas in the City Night Markets will again be on, with food trucks, stalls and delicious treats available to enjoy as you wander the markets under the fairy lights. You will find slow-cooked beef and German sausages through to caramel apples, waffles and a sparkling Ice Bar serving drinks and ice-cream at the night markets.
To help you with your Christmas gifts, the markets will have a range of unique gift ideas, handmade goods and presents for even the hardest person on your list.
The Markets will be held from 5pm across opening weekend (27 to 29 November) and from 3pm across the twelve days of Christmas (11th to 23rd December).
If all that isn't enough, Flip Out Trampolining will be another popular attraction again this year with their trampolining arena, so ensure your kids arrive with plenty of energy. Flip Out indoor trampolining centres are located at both Mitchell and Hume, however they will set up their own area at Christmas in the City, 2015 for kids to try out in December (for a fee).
With so much going on over the whole month, check the events website closer to the dates for a detailed itinerary and dates of each attarction. Keep up to date with the latest additions and details via their Facebook page.
Christmas in the City 2015 will attract thousands of locals and tourists over the course of the month. With so much fun and entertainment for kids of all ages, the city will come alive with the Christmas spirit once more.
So get out to the CBD and support local businesses and charities in making Christmas in the City 2015, the most record breaking ever.
Source: SIDS and Kids ACT website. Photographer: David Burke