“Largest in the world”: Dortmund’s giant Christmas tree shines again

The “biggest Christmas tree in the world” shines again in Dortmund. Almost 50,000 lights are attached to it. Nevertheless, it should consume less energy this year.

The lights on Dortmund’s giant Christmas tree are on. On Monday evening (November 21), for the first time this year, the thousands of lights on the 1,000 or so spruce trees that have been piled up to form a 45 meter high “tree” were switched on. Touted by the city as the “world’s tallest Christmas tree,” the giant has some energy-saving measures this year.

Instead of 24-hour lighting, the lights should only be switched on daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition, the consumption of LED technology has been reduced from 56 to 8 kilowatts per hour, according to the city. Most of the lights are LEDs. “Especially in these times, which are not the easiest of times, it is important that we also have fun,” said Dortmunds Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal (SPD).

According to the city, around 1000 red spruces from the Sauerland were used to build the “giant tree”. Almost 50,000 lights, baubles and other ornaments are attached to it. An angel weighing 200 kilograms adorns the top.

This year, a group of children with a lantern symbolically switched on the lights. The tree has been erected on Dortmund’s Hansaplatz since 1996 and forms the center of Dortmund’s Christmas City, as the Christmas market is called here.

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