Black Friday represents more than shopping lines, catfights over televisions and food hangovers. It’s also the semi-official beginning of the Christmas season. Residents of Canberra, Australia certainly had a bright initiation into the holiday season this Black Friday.
Christmas lighting enthusiast and Australian lawyer, David Richards, broke the world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree this month.
518,838 tiny lights dazzled the crowd as they lit up on the 72-foot-tall steel tree built by a team of local volunteers. It broke the previous world record of 374,280 lights held for the last five years by Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka.
Getting volunteers to build giant structures is probably made easier due to Richards’ charitable cause. He puts together these lighting festivities to raise money for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome awareness and research.
He told reporters on Friday at the lighting event, “When the lights went on, the kids’ faces just lit up and beamed. Everyone was just staring at that tree.”
He also set a record for the most lights on a residential home, with 502,165 in 2013.
This Guinness World Records video gives all of us in the northern hemisphere an idea of the size and scale of this massively festive tree.