Get into the holiday spirit with these 10 Christmas tree records

Published 8 December 2016

All over the world, people are getting ready for Christmas by decorating conifer trees in sparkly lights and ornaments.

The tradition can be traced all the way back to 15th century Germany, but now putting up a Christmas tree is a major part of the festive celebration for many people - but did you know they have their own holiday?

In the US, today marks National Christmas Tree Day.

Here are some of our favourite Christmas tree triumphs to celebrate the occasion:

1. Most expensive Christmas tree decorated

Worth a whopping 41,329,531 AED ($11,026,900 US; £6,975,880), this blinged-out tree was displayed in the grand lobby of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE during the holiday season in 2010.
What makes this tree so pricey? It was covered in 181 items of valuable jewellery.

Most expensive christmas tree 

2. Oldest Christmas tree

No, that’s not Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree! This fragile little tree is actually the world’s oldest Christmas tree. 
Each year, owner Janet Parker of Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, puts up the same pine, which was bought for her Great Aunt in 1886. 

Oldest Christmas tree 

3. Largest artificial Christmas tree

This magnificent tree measures 55 metres (180.4 feet) from the ground and was achieved by GZ ThinkBig Culture Communication Co.,Ltd. (China) on Christmas Day last year.
Largest artificial christmas tree

4. Largest human Christmas tree

This record was achieved by the Mission Chengannur and Sobhana George consisted of 4,030 participants, mainly school children from village of Chengannur in India.
Largest human Christmas tree

5. Fastest time to decorate a Christmas tree

A record that you can practice at home with your family. The fastest time to decorate a Christmas tree is 36.89 seconds and was achieved by Sharon Juantuah in Essex, UK, on 22 November 2013.
The rules say that the tree has to be decked with 100 lights, 2 lengths of tinsel, and 15 baubles. Think you have what it takes to beat their time? Apply here.

6. Largest display of illuminated Christmas Trees

The largest display of illuminated Christmas trees consists of 559 trees, and was achieved by the Hallmark Channel (USA). The trees were made into a huge maze in Heralds Square, New York.

Largest display of illuminated trees 

7. Most lights on an artificial Christmas tree

This tree had an amazing 550,800 lights on it and was achieved at Universal Studios Japan®.

8. Most lights on a Christmas tree

Dressed in 194,672 dazzling lights, the record was achieved in Belgium in December 2010.

Most lights on a christmas tree 

9. Most Christmas trees chopped in two minutes

Each year lots of families visit their local Christmas tree farm to chop down their annual tree. We bet they could have used record holder Erin Lavoie (USA) who completed the most Christmas trees chopped in two minutes! On the set of Guinness World Records: Die GroBten Weltrekorde in Germany, the tree-chopping extraordinaire axed down an incredible 27 trees in 2008.
Most christmas trees chopped in two minutes 

10. Tallest Christmas tree

The tallest cut Christmas tree was a 67.36-m (221-ft) Douglas fir (Pseudotsga menziesii) erected and decorated at Northgate Mall in Seattle, Washington, USA, in December 1950.