Tallest Christmas Trees
Brazil town where size matters
erects tallest Xmas tree
Itu, a tiny Brazilian town with a short name
but big affection for grandeur, claims it has built the world's tallest
artificial Christmas tree, which joins its collection of out-sized
"We are going to be in the Guinness Book of
records. We told them
and they are interested," said Adelino de Castro, one of the
organisers of this private initiative in the town of 150,000 residents in
the interior of Sao Paulo state.
The official opening of the tree, erected in the parking lot of a local
shopping mall, is scheduled for Saturday.
At 250-feet (78 metres) high, including a
13-foot (4 metres) red star
on top, the "tree" towers above Itu, famous for its "exaggerations"
and already home to a giant phone booth and enormous street light.
From the top of a thick steel mast, which serves as the trunk of the
tree, one can see another town 16 miles (25.7 km) away. Cables running
from the top to the base are adorned with 6,500 lightbulbs and shining
plastic ribbons, which makes the 150-ton construction resemble a fir tree
The height of the tree exceeds that of the present record
natural 215-foot (67.4 metre) fir tree put up in Seattle in 1950,
according to the Guinness book.
Tallest Ever Christmas Tree in the Styx Forest, Tasmania
December 20 1999 a towering Eucalyptus regnans, 80 metres (262 ft)
tall, became the tallest-ever Christmas tree in the world.
With 3,000 Christmas lights, The Wilderness Society transformed this massive tree into a
powerful beacon of hope for Tasmania's threatened forests. The tree is
adjacent to a logging road in the valley of the Styx River. It and the
surrounding forests are scheduled for destruction in the year 2000.
The Wilderness Society's
Tasmanian Campaign Coordinator, Geoff Law, said the Christmas regnans
would focus world attention on the plight of Tasmania's tall forests.
hundred years of logging and clearing have reduced oldgrowth regnans to
only 13% of their original extent,"Mr Law said. "Yet these
giants are still being destroyed by ruthless clearcutting."
A team of climbers has
spent eight days braving wind, rain and sleet to scale and decorate the
tree. The regnans is now festooned with lights to be lit up on the nights
of Monday to Friday this week. To add a further touch of Christmas, a
light dusting of snow has fallen on the surrounding mountains.
This year's tallest
Christmas tree elsewhere is in Grace, Washington, USA, and only half the
height of the Tasmanian specimen at 37.2 metres (122 feet). The previous
tallest Christmas tree was also in the USA in 1950. It measured 67 metres
(221 feet). It was a dead tree, having been cut down and decorated in