As this year comes to a close, many are looking forward to spreading cheer in the spirit of the holidays.  

In years past, we’ve seen extraordinary displays that celebrate annual traditions and activities from all cultural backgrounds, including ones that are record-worthy!  

So gather your loved ones and bundle up around a crackling fire, let’s revisit some of the most festive record-breaking holiday titles in the books. 

1. Most baubles in a beard 


Joel Strasser (USA) never ceases to impress us with his creative ideas of what he can fit in his beard. To help celebrate the holidays, Joel stuffed copious amounts of Christmas baubles into his facial hair for a glistening holiday beard in “Joel Strasser” fashion. Joel achieved the record for the most baubles in a beard with his statuesque beard holding a total of 302 Christmas baubles, creating a bearded ornament! 

2. Fastest time to eat all chocolates from an advent calendar 


We next revisit a record from Kevin Strahle (USA) also know as the “LA Beast.” Excelling in food competitions is Kevin’s forte. In preparation to achieve the record for the fastest time to eat all chocolates from an advent calendar, Kevin spent over $200 on advent calendars to practice for this record. He says “precision and memorization” is the key to succeeding. Kevin now holds the record for the fastest time to eat all chocolates from an advent calendar at 1 minute 27.84 seconds. 

3. Most lights on an artificial Christmas tree 


Christmas wouldn’t be complete without Christmas lights, and in Canberra, Australia, David Richards (AUS) is known locally as the “Christmas Lights Man”. David has drawn crowds to visit Canberra’s “Christmas Lights in the City”. With 518,838 glistening Christmas lights, David Richards was able to capture the world record, most lights on an artificial Christmas tree, from previous record-holder, Universal Studios Japan. Universal Studios Japan has taken back the title and is now the current record holder with 591,840 Christmas lights, set in October 2019! 

4. Longest chain of sleds 


Over in Bramberg, Austria, a winter snow spectacle! Oberpinzgauer Fremdenverkehrsförderungs- und Bergbahnen AG (Austria) have created the longest chain of sleds ever! Consisting of 508 linked sleds, over 500 people rode down a slow slope together on one continuous sled. What a sight to witness! 

5. Most people wrapping presents simultaneously 


While many elves are scrambling to help Santa finish wrapping presents, a local nonprofit organization located in Portsmouth, Ohio called Friends of Portsmouth (USA) are working hard to host an annual WinterFest celebration. With the help of Hallmark, the celebration has allowed hundreds of individuals to come and wrap their Christmas gifts at the festival. At 1,482 presents, Friends of Portsmouth has achieved the record most people wrapping presents simultaneously once again in 2019, spreading holiday cheer to the townspeople of Portsmouth. 

6. Most valuable dreidel 


Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated during this time of year. Dreidel is an exciting traditional game played during the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. A New York jewelry company, Estate Diamond Jewelry (USA) created a one-of-a-kind dreidel, with a 4.20-carat round brilliant cut diamond at the tip surrounded with 18k yellow gold and 18k white gold. This jewelry company now holds the record for the most valuable dreidel, valued at $70,000 (€63,624; £54,375). This precious treasure is a gleaming holiday work of art! 

7. Largest light bulb indoor display 


Prepare to be dazzled! Theme park Universal Studios Singapore (Singapore) created the largest light bulb indoor display at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. Thousands of blue, green, and multi-colored Christmas lights wrapped the entire area, stunning all guests with a beautiful light display of 824,961 sparkling light bulbs! It was a spectacular attraction that left families all over the world in awe. 

8. Largest dome igloo (snow) 


Lastly, we head to chilly Switzerland - which is home to  an exquisite project that is absolutely astonishing. The Iglu-Dorf building crew (Switzerland), along with Volvo, created the largest dome igloo (snow) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Iglu Dorf hotel (village hotel). A small crew of 18 people constructed this igloo within just 3 weeks. The internal diameter of the igloo totaled 12.9 m (42 ft 4 in) with a height of 10.5 meters (34 ft 6 in), this spacious igloo was a remarkable sight to see and experience.  

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