Large Artificial Xmas Trees
Really Big Christmas Trees
Creating artificial Christmas trees has spawned a whole new industry. The challenge is to use materials in a new way. Will and Guy think that these monster trees are best seen outdoors and at night when their lights displays come into their own.
You can see the world's tallest toy Christmas tree at St Pancras station, London. It took staff over 9 weeks to build the tree, apparently, it took over half a Lego million bricks for the construction., the tallest tree ever built with the toy bricks, according to the manufacturer.
Even the baubles that decorate the 10 metre high Christmas tree are made out of Lego.
It's a family-friendly feature for the station, owned by High Speed 1, which last year saw a 6.5 metre tall tree built out of Lanson champagne bottles
Large Artificial Xmas Tree in Washington DC
American can thank German immigrants for introducing Christmas trees to America. One of the earliest records is to be found in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
This monstrosity of a Christmas tree was erected in Poole, Dorset, England.
The local health and safety committee say it's wonderful because, it has no trunk therefore it won't blow over on street traders. There are no branches to break off and land on someone's head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top.
For as long as people in Poole could remember they had a lovely genuine Norwegian fir, which was tastefully decorated in coloured lights at a cost of about £500. In contrast the green doormat tree cost not £1,400 as we first thought but a whopping £14,000.
We have to admit, after dark it looks a lot better with a display of fairy lights.
A French chocolatier has created a ten-metre-high chocolate Christmas tree in his laboratory in Paris. Patrick Roger is one of France's most famous chocolatiers. He was named "Meilleur Ouvrier de France Chocolatier" [best French artisan-chocolatier] in 2000, an award for professionals combining art and taste and proving to be worthy representatives of French gastronomy.
His creation will be used to raise funds for a television charity event to support research into neuromuscular diseases. The tree, which is currently towering inside the chocolatier's factory in Sceaux, France, weighs four tonnes and according to Mr Roger's is a piece of "architecture".
He informed Will and Guy, 'To achieve this kind of architecture - because this really is a piece of architecture - we used a sort of cavity inside to make the chocolate solid enough, because there is very strong vertical pressure.'
The cute Christmas tree will be shown on France's Telethon, a nationwide charity appeal show, and viewers will receive part of the sugary sculpture in exchange for a donation. Mr Roger's laboratory apparently also features a wide range of other chocolate sculptures, including reindeers and other figurines. See Santa below.
Will and Guy have discovered that in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk there has been erected a 46 metre high [151 feet] artificial Christmas tree.
This may not be a cute Christmas tree, but it is certainly one of the highest in Russia this year.
At first glance it looks as if the massive tree has burst straight through the roof of the six-bedroom house in Carbery Avenue. Greg Howe has painstakingly cut the £250 [$375 USD] tree into three sections with the huge trunk in the living room, the middle section in a spare bedroom and the top perched on a flat part of the roof.
Greg Howe enlisted the help of several friends and the fire brigade to get the star on top of the huge tree at his Bournemouth home. It is thought that in the interests of safety the star is, in fact, a smoke detector.
Large Artificial Xmas Tree
This pictures sums up why such fake trees should have the cheap and nasty epithet 'Xmas', rather than the serene tag of 'Christmas'.
The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy's Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire. The image of the "tree" is a modern marvel for an ancient city.
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