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A Record-breaking Christmas in Italy

Enormous Nativity scenes, trees touching the sky and events worthy of the Guinness Book of Records

01 August 2022

3 minutes

Huge, tall, colourful or brightly lit - the important thing is being in the Guinness Book of Records!

Did you know that many Christmas traditions set world records? From the tallest tree in the world in Gubbio to the Nativity Scene in Manarola, the Lights on Lake Trasimene and new crochet records - there are many challenges at Christmas and Italy is also winning them. Six not-to-be-missed record-breaking attractions.

1. The Manarola Nativity Scene: one of the most exciting entries in the Guinness Book of Record

In the heart of the Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful villages in Liguria every year achieves a world record with the Manarola Nativity Scene. Installed on an entire hillside with more than 17,000 lights and 300 figures made using recycled or disused materials, this Nativity Scene - listed in the Guinness Book of Records since 2007 - ensures magical amazement for visitors by narrating an ancient tradition and telling the story of the birth of Jesus. Sheep, shepherds, houses, stables, streams and comet stars animate this depiction, giving life to a unique, exciting and distinctly all-embracing spectacle.

2. The largest life-size Nativity Scene in the world

The record-setting Nativity Scene is located in Santa Cristina, Val Gardena. Set in motion as a project involving 18 wood carvers, it is a full-scale, life-size installation. Expanded every year with the addition of new figures symbolizing the Christmas tradition, it is a must-see spectacle. Val Gardena boasts a long-standing tradition in woodworking that combines creativity and great skill. The Santa Cristina Nativity Scene is fine testimony to this. The stables are 12 metres high are home to Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the donkey, the Wise Men and the sheep entirely carved by hand for a Nativity Scene that symbolises tradition and craftsmanship.

3. The Christmas tree in Gubbio is the largest in the world


The Christmas tree par excellence is to be found in Gubbio and it is a spectacular show of light and colour well worth seeing. This entry in the Guinness Book of Records is entirely Italian! It takes four months of work to prepare it but the result is truly amazing: 750 metres high with more than 950 lights, the Gubbio Christmas Tree dominates the city and is customarily inaugurated with a grand ceremony on 7 December. An imposing and evocative show of colours arousing a sense of wonder and amazement, a unique emotion that brings people together in the magical spirit of Christmas. Some curious facts: the lights on the tree can be adopted! If you believe in the magic of the festive season and want to donate something unique, you can adopt a decorative light!

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4. Lights on Lake Trasimene: the largest Christmas tree in the world designed on water

The true City of Christmas exists and is found in Castiglione del Lago! Luci sul Trasimeno (Lights on Lake Trasimene) starts off early in December and welcomes a large numbers of visitors every year for the beautiful of the decorations, events and the biggest Christmas tree in the world designed on water. Thanks to several attractions embodying every respect of the magic of the festive season, don't miss it if you are in Umbria at Christmas. Forty days of entertainment and outdoor shows, the House of Santa Claus, the ice rink, the inevitable markets, a large Ferris wheel, the monumental Nativity Scene and the magical tree drawn on the water await you for an exciting event by now an unmissable destination for people love Christmas and its traditions.

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5. The "Marineria" floating Nativity Scene in Cesenatico - The "Marineria" floating Nativity Scene

6. Crochet in Ostuni. The tree of a thousand colours

A new event destined to become a record-breaking Christmas tradition in the white city: the tallest crochet Christmas tree in Italy. At over 11 metres high and with more than 4000 colourful woollen patches woven by the expert hands of local artisans, the crochet Christmas Tree in Ostuni has a Guinness World Record future. A local tradition well worth discovering, photographing and sharing if you pass through Puglia during the Christmas holidays.

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