This Small Town in Italy Lights Up The World’s Largest Christmas Tree

For nearly three decades, Gubbio, a small medieval town at the foot of Mount Ingino in Italy’s Umbria region, has held the Guinness Record for the world’s largest Christmas tree.

In 1981, the 750-meter Christmas tree spread over the slope of Mount Ingino was lit up for the first time. Every year since, on the 7th of December (the Eve of the Immaculate Conception), the over 700 giant lights that make up the tree are turned on, and they remain active throughout the holiday season, until the day of Epiphany, on 6th January.

Created in honor of the local Patron Saint Ubaldo, the Christmas tree of Mount Ingino was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘world’s largest Christmas Tree’ in the year 1991. Since then, no one has even come close to challenging its record.

Making sure that the world’s largest Christmas is ready for its yearly spectacle is no small feet, but luckily, a group of local volunteers called the “Alberaioli” make sure the cables and thousands of lights are in working order.

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📸PHOTO OF THE DAY 📸 Ph: @bellual 📌 Gubbio . 🔎 Gubbio è una cittadina medievale dell'Umbria. La sua funivia Colle Eletto sale sul Monte Ingino, dove è situata la basilica a 5 navate di Sant'Ubaldo e da dove si gode di panorami degli Appennini. In centro, il Duomo vanta dipinti del XVI secolo e una cappella barocca. All'interno del palazzo gotico dei Consoli, con la sua sommità merlata, è allestito il Museo Civico, tra i cui reperti spiccano le Tavole Eugubine, 7 lastre di bronzo con antiche iscrizioni. Gubbio è anche famosa perché ogni anno accende il secondo albero di natale più grande del mondo, superato quest'anno dall'albero di natale sull'acqua del Lago Trasimeno, sempre in Umbria. 🎄 . #umbria #gubbio #art #architecture #sunset #sun #sky #skyline #picoftheday #borghipiubelli #nature #like4like #likeforfollow #likeforlike #instagood #instadaily #cute #borghitalia #borghipiubelliditalia #borghi_italiani #borghisuperscatti #life #amazing #christmastree #christmas

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This year, they had to check a total of more than 8.5 kilometers of cables, and over 3,000 lights, with a power of 35 kW. The bright star at the top of the tree alone contains 1,350 lights.

Since 2010 electricity for the Gubbio Christmas tree lights has been generated by photovolatic panels.

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🥳🎄🎆🎉Gubbio ed il suo famoso Albero di Natale, il più grande del mondo. Provincia di Perugia, Umbria, Italia. 🥰😘😍💖 🎁🎊Gubbio and its famous Christmas Tree, the biggest in the world. Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy.♥️ … … 🎄 #chirstmas #xmas #merrychristmas #merryxmas #winter #xmastree #christmastree #happychristmasholidays #agriturismi #happyholiday #alberopiugrandedelmondo #christmaspreparations #jinglebells #christmasvibes #christmasmood #christmasdecorations #christmasiscoming #holidays #christmastime #gubbio #Perugia #christmasgifts #Natale #christmasfeelings #december #dicembre #santaclaus #agriturismitaliani #umbria #agriturismo … … Repost @stevaleri

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We think this serves as a great example of how when people come together the biggest of ideas can become a reality and we can really brighten up our environment.

Merry Christmas!

Article originally posted on Oddity Central. Read the original article here.