The world’s tallest Christmas tree, currently being built at the Galle Face Green, with hopes of being included in the Guinness Book of World Records, is scheduled to be completed and declared open on December 1. The project has been initiated by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Catholic Society and the Arjuna Ranatunga Social Services and Welfare Society.
The 375-foot tree would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 200 million and the expenses for the tree would not be borne by the Ministry, but private sponsors. The tree will be illuminated with 800,000 LED bulbs and decorated with two million pine cones. A Santa and a sleigh is also included in the installation.
The largest artificial Christmas tree to date measures 55 metres (180.4 feet) and was achieved by GZ Think Big Culture Communication Company (China), in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on December 25, 2015. Including the star on top, the tree measured 56 m (183.4 ft). The diameter of the bottom of the tree was 22 metres and the circumference was 69 metres. The tree was covered with green synthetic foliage and decorated with ornaments and lamps.
(Pics by Sassanda Liyanarachchi)