CANBERRA, Australia – An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.
Guinness World Records confirmed that David Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree that had been held for five years by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.
Richards, a Canberra lawyer and businessman, brought together a team of volunteers to erect the dazzling display on a 72-foot steel tree.
He set his first Guinness World Record in 2013 for the most lights on a residential property by covering his home with 502,165 bulbs.
Richards creates such Christmas extravaganzas to raise money for Canberra’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity, SIDS and Kids, by drawing large crowds and inviting them to donate.