Published 22 December 2016
With just a few days to go before Christmas Day, we’re celebrating our top 10 festive achievements:
1. Largest collection of Santa Claus memorabilia
Jean-Guy Laquerre from Canada is arguably the biggest Father Christmas fan in the world! The keen collector has 25,104 different items of Santa Claus stuff, as counted in 2010. He has been collecting since 1988!
Jean-Guy’s collection includes 2,360 figurines, 2,846 cards and postcards from 33 counties, 1,312 serviettes and 241 pins and brooches.
2. Tallest snowman
Residents of the town of Bethel in Maine built a snowman—well, a snowwoman, technically—measuring 122 ft 1 in (37.21 m) tall. It took the town one month to complete “Olympia” (as she was known), with the finishing touches added on 26 February 2008.
Olympia’s eyelashes were made from eight pairs of skis, her lips were made from five red car tyres, her arms were made from two 30 ft tall spruce trees and her scarf was 130 ft long!
3. Largest Christmas dinner
This 9.6 kg (21 lb 2 oz) festive feast for one comprises a turkey, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, roast potatoes, “pigs in blankets” and 25 Brussels sprouts. It was on the menu of The Duck Inn in Oakenshaw, UK, in December 2013.
4. Largest Christmas bauble
To celebrate the Forst Brewery’s annual Christmas market, Birra Forst SpA created a bauble with a diameter of 4.58 m (15 ft 0.31 in), breaking the previous record of 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) set in 2000.
Measured on 27 Nov 2014, the super-sized ornament weighed in at 481 kg (1060 lb 6 oz).
We asked the kids on PopJam to design a new world’s largest bauble for the Daily Challenge. Here’s the winner and runners-up:
5. Largest Santa
Shopping Center Norte unveiled a Santa towering 20 m (65 ft 7 in) tall, 7 m (23 ft) wide and 4 m (13 ft) deep in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2013.
6. Largest gathering of Santa’s elves
1,762 hardworking helpers got together in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014.
7. Largest ice lantern display
In recent years, carving ice lanterns has become a winter tradition in Vuollerim, Sweden. On 5 Feb 2013, the local population outdid itself by creating 2,651 lanterns and placing them around their Lapland village.
8. Most lights on a Christmas tree
This glittering Christmas tree in Belguim had 194,672 lights on it!
9. Largest indoor lightbulb display
This year visitors of Universal Studios in Singapore are able to travel through the world’s largest indoor light display - 824,961 bulbs!
10. Largest advent calendar
To mark the refurbishment of St Pancras station, London, UK, in December 2007, an outsize advent calendar was created, measuring 71 m (232 ft 11 in) high and 23 m (75 ft 5 in) wide.