Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Most Christmas lights on a residential property: Australian family breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
CANBERRA, Australia -- The Richards family from Canberra, Australia have beaten the Guinness World Records' record for Christmas lights on a residential property; David Richards' family installed more than 31 miles of wire with 502,165 lights, glowing reindeer and loud music around their suburban home, setting the new world record for the Most Christmas lights on a residential property,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: An Australian family sets the World Record for having the most Christmas lights on their home, a staggering 502,165. Photo: Alan Porritt/AP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the most lights lit simultaneously on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy / Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest human Christmas tree; it was achieved by 672 participants at an event organised E-Plus Gruppe (Germany) in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Richards family from Canberra, Australia have beaten the Guinness World Records' record for Christmas lights on a residential property with more than half a million bulbs.
Their suburban home illuminated by lights on more than 31 miles of wire will be open to the public from the weekend to raise money for charity.
David Richards -- husband of Janean and father of Aidan, 13, Caitlin, 10, and Madelyn, 6 -- said most of his neighbors supported the display. But some hadn't spoken to him since the last record was set.
"I have always loved Christmas. Having the Christmas lights with the community coming in and sharing it is a time when you get to know people you probably should know better, I guess," he said.
While David Richards bought the lights, a local power company will donate the estimated 2,500 Australian dollars (£1,450) in electricity that would keep them lit for the next month.
The family first entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001 with 331,038 multicoloured lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in LaGrangeville, New York, who decorated their home with 346,283 lights.
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