Christmas is not about the presents. It’s about showing up your neighbor with a flashy display of incandescent holiday cheer. Here now, seven blinding exhibits that would cut through a foggy Christmas Eve better than Rudolph’s glowing red nose ever could.
Most expensive Christmas tree
Valued at $11,026,900, the most expensively decorated Christmas tree was erected and displayed by the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi from December 16th to December 19th, 2010. Besides traditional bows and ribbons, the 40-foot evergreen was adorned in necklaces, earrings and other pieces of expensive jewelry. Christmas ballin’.
Largest gingerbread house
Photos: Traditions Golf Club
Everything’s bigger in Texas. So naturally the Lone Star State is home to the world’s largest gingerbread house. Located at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas, it took 7,200 pounds of flour, 7,200 eggs, 3,000 pounds of brown sugar, 1,800 pounds of butter and 22,304 pieces of candy to build the carbohydrate construction that stands 10 feet tall, 60 feet wide and 42 feet deep. Total calories: 35.8 million.
Pac-Man Christmas tree
Who needs toys when your entire Christmas tree is a giant arcade game. Downtown Madrid was home to this festive Pac-Man display in 2007.
Most Christmas lights ever
Photo: Guinness World Records
Hotel Christmas tree
In 2010, the facade of Tokyo’s Akasaka Grand Prince hotel was lit up like a 328-foot-tall Christmas tree. Not an annual display, unfortunately, as the structure no longer exists. Regular BuzzBuzzHome readers may recognize the Akasaka Grand Prince as the building that was demolished floor-by-floor without the aid of wrecking balls or explosives.
Beer Christmas tree
Instead of recycling all your beer bottles at the end of the holiday season this year, save them for next year so you can build your own 1,000-bottle Heineken Christmas tree.
Mountain Christmas tree
Photo: Web Orange/Flickr
Stretching over 10,760 square feet, this Yuletide display on the face of Italy’s Mount Ingino is touted as the largest Christmas tree structure in the world — comprised of 3,000 multi-colored lights and 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers) of electrical cable.