Italy lights up the world's largest Christmas tree

Each year people 'adopt' a light from the world-famous Christmas tree display in central Italy.

The 'world's largest Christmas tree' is lit up each year on the slopes of Monte Ingino, overlooking the mediaeval town of Gubbio in Italy's central Umbria region.

To mark the festive season, the town illuminates its magical Christmas tree with more than 700 lights in an annual lighting ceremony dating back to 1981.

This year the lighting-up ceremony will take place streamed live via the Facebook page Albero di Natale più Grande del Mondo on Tuesday 7 December at 18.30. 

Topped with a giant star, the tree measures 750m in height. There are 8.5 km worth of cables powering the lights of the enormous tree display which entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1991.

The tree is outlined with 300 green lights while the interior is lit up with 400 multicoloured lights.

The 'roots' of the tree stretch from near Gubbio's ancient walls while its star reaches the basilica of the town's patron saint, S. Ubaldo, at the peak of the mountain.

Each of the tree's lights has been 'adopted' by locals who dedicate a light to their loved ones, with messages ranging from welcoming new-born babies to saluting dearly-missed grandparents looking down from heaven.

The Christmas tree will remain lit from dusk to late at night, until January 2021. For full information see the tree's website.

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Address 06024 Gubbio, Province of Perugia, Italy

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Italy lights up the world's largest Christmas tree

06024 Gubbio, Province of Perugia, Italy

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