World's biggest Christmas tree lights up in Germany
12:59pm EST - 01:14
The German city of Dortmund hosts the ''World's largest Christmas tree'' -- according to the organisers of the city of Dortmund. Elly Park reports.
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Standing 45 meters, or nearly 150 feet tall, this Christmas tree is the biggest in the world, at least according to officials of the German city of Dortmund.
While there are bigger tree-like structures in the world, this is the tallest "natural" tree, says its builder Thomas Weise.
SOUNDBITE: CEO of Weise Scaffolding, Thomas Weise, saying (German)
"Sure, a natural tree cannot be that tall. There is one - I think in Brazil - a construction that is larger but that is steel with a couple of lamps. Here we have 1,700 Sauerland spruce which were especially planted for this purpose."
Adorning the branches of these 1,700 trees are 48,000 lights and a massive angel weighing 200 pounds or 90 kilograms that all give onlookers... big joy.
SOUNDBITE: Frauke Brandmeier, saying (German)
"I like it. And the tree is ... I am not from here but from the North. This tree is something, yes."
SOUNDBITE: Klaus Mueller, saying (German)
"You can see all the people here. It is touching, isn't it?
And the tree is sure to touch more people as it stands in the heart of Germany's biggest and busiest Christmas market.
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