The holidays are officially in full swing, meaning that the countdown to Christmas draws nearer each day.
Many have their own way of celebrating, but one of the most popular is with brilliant displays of string lights and ornamented Christmas trees.
While some may prefer simple décor, others have plunged so far into the holiday merriment they’ve actually earned a record for their impressive illuminations.
Whether you’re decking the halls with red lights, green lights, small bulbs or big, here are our top ten radiant record titles to inspire your Christmas aesthetic.
1. Largest LED sculpture
Eager to outshine other lighting companies, Russian LED light specialists decided to create a gleaming holiday sculpture.
After wrapping the structure of a Christmas bauble in string lights, LLC ZodiacElectro achieved the largest LED sculpture, composed of 23,120 LED lights on 12 December 2015. The colour-changing ornament was set in Moscow, Russia, where locals could view the massive creation.
2. Tallest animated lighting decoration
Many expect the annual shimmery New Year’s Ball to drop each year in Times Square, New York, but few know that a glowing Christmas tree could be viewed in the exact same place on 5 December 2011.
Obtaining the record for the Tallest animated lighting decoration, a tree created by Toshiba Corporation and TDK Corporation (both Japan) debuted, measuring 39.66 m (130 ft 1 in)
The screen-lit Christmas tree was made out of LED lights and the image was continuously animated displaying exclusively during the 2011 Christmas season.
3. Most lights on a Christmas tree
If one’s house isn’t wrapped in twinkling holiday lights, you can always count on the Christmas tree.
In fact, the Most lights on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was achieved by Kiwanis Malmedy and Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010.
A grand total of 350 garlands measuring 3 m (9 ft 10 in) long and fitted with 576 lights were hung on the glistening tree. Using voltage calculations, witnesses were able to ascertain exactly how many lights were successfully lit throughout the required five minutes.
4. Largest light bulb display (indoors)
Those who enjoy elaborate string light creations will love this next title. Achieved by Universal Studios Singapore (Singapore) at the Resorts World Sentosa - this record first made its debut on last year’s GWR Day.
Those who attended the official certificate presentation were mesmerized by the world’s largest light bulb display (indoors) – which took the shape of a colorful winter wonderland.
The amount of bulbs used was 824,961, and were included in a number of shapes and hues. The attempt was a part of the Christmas lights attractions for the visitors to the Universal Studios, who were able to enjoy the electrifying exhibit well through the holiday season.
5. Most lights on a residential property
Several houses around the world boast incredible Christmas decorations, but there’s one house that glows among the rest. A residence in in LaGrangeville, New York, USA took the title for having the most lights on a residential property on 28 November 2014.
Totalling to 601,736 lights, it was a result of the combined efforts of Tim, Grace, Emily, Daniel and John Gay.
The Gay family nearly doubled their display since breaking the record in 2012 with 346,283 lights.
6. Largest display of illuminated Christmas trees
In a stunning display in Manhattan’s Herald’s Square, the largest display of illuminated Christmas trees consists of 559 trees, and was achieved by Hallmark Channel (USA).
The trees were arranged as a maze, where attendees could lose themselves in a colorful array of brightly-lit trees.
This event was held during the to promote Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas holiday original movies, where renowned actress Candance Cameron-Bure also made an appearance.
Following the event all trees were donated to the Boys and Girls Club, a charity which helps young people in America.
7. Most lights lit by pedal power
On the surface, this title does may not appear to be Christmas related, until one looks at the bigger picture (below).
In an exercise record attempt, located in Melbourne, Australia, 120 cyclists took to stationary bikes, which generated electricity.
After a few minutes of simultaneous exercise, they earned the record for the most lights lit by pedal power at 35,028 in 2012.
The energy created by the bikes lit the lights on the Christmas trees, which in turn illuminated one massive Christmas tree.
8. Largest wreath
At a total measurement of 100.85 m (330 ft 10 in) in diameter – imagine how many lights it took to irradiate this record-breaking wreath!
Created by TD Presmec Dolge Njive (Slovenia), in Volicina, Slovenia, on 1 December 2013, this wreath was made of pine, cypress and grape vine, among other components.
It was then decorated with electric lights and hand-made Christmas cards from local school children.
In total, the wreath's circumference was 316.82 m (1039 ft 5 in) and weighed approximately 13.5 tonnes!
9. Most lights on an artificial Christmas tree
There are fewer Christmas trees as bright as this one.
Universial Studios Japan in Osaka set a new Guinness World Records title on 26 October 2017 by fitting a dazzling 570,546 lights to an artificial tree.
10. Largest Christmas bauble ornament
This enormous Christmas bauble might just be the shiniest of them all – being completely see-through, it allows for an signficant amount of holiday lights to shine through it.
Measuring 4.58 m (15 ft 0.31 in) in diameter, it was made by Birra Forst SpA (Italy) on 27 November 2014.
It was designed using a light structure made of carved and ornate wooden circles spaced by glass windows. The main bauble contains 22 smaller baubles decorated with Christmas patterns.
11. Largest artificial Christmas tree
Lastly, this particular tree was composed entirely of lights, built as part of a three day carnival in the Gelle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Earning the record as the largest artificial Christmas tree, it stands 72.1 m (236 ft 6.58 in) tall, and was achieved by Arjuna Ranatunga Social Services in Sri Lanka on 24 December 2016.