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(FOX)-Hundreds gather in Australia Friday to break a holiday-themed Guinness World Record. A Christmas tree in Canberra shattered the record for the most lights on an artificial tree. The 22-meter tree was dolled up with over 518,000 lights, including a glowing star comprised of 12,000 glowing bulbs.

That beats the old record set by Universal Studios in Japan back in 2010 of just over 374,000 on a 36-meter tree.

Lawyer and businessman David Richards created the record-breaking tree,  which brought together various volunteers, including electricians, welders, carpenters. This is the third large Christmas display he's fronted to raise money for Canberra’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome charity, Sids And Kids, after he lost one of his own children to the illness.

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