Going for a world record with Christmas light display

Canfan 30 July 2014


Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?

This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.

In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their home with more than 500,000 Christmas lights and reclaimed a Guinness World Records™ title they first held in 2011.

This year, the project will be expanded even further and raise more money for SIDS and Kids ACT.

With more than a million lights on show in Canberra’s CBD, visitors to the city will be witness to the most spectacular display of lights the world has ever seen.

“We are very excited to be bringing our light display to the Canberra City centre this year,” David Richards, Guinness World Records title holder, said.

“Last year the display brought more than 75,000 visitors to our home and raised close to $140,000 for SIDS and Kids ACT.”

The SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights in the City festivities will transform the City into a Christmas wonderland from Friday 28 November to Friday 26 December and reopen to the public on New Year’s Eve.

The Guinness World Records attempt will see Canberra father David Richards and his family together with lighting architects, electrical engineers, designers and an army of volunteers work towards smashing the record for the most lights in one display ever.

The Christmas lights will be on display in Petrie Plaza from London Circuit through to Bunda Street.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the SIDS and Kids Christmas Light display this year. We are looking to get all the traders involved in the festivities to create a magical Christmas experience in the heart of Canberra’s CBD,” Jane Easthope, CEO of Canberra CBD Limited said.

It is expected that over 200,000 visitors will visit the Christmas lights display and be a part of the excitement this Christmas.

(Media Release SIDS and Canberra CBD)

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