Colombo, Dec 23 (NIA) – Hundreds of workers in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo are racing against time to unveil the ‘World’s Tallest Christmas Tree’ which is scheduled to be ready by Saturday evening.
Officials involved told NIA that workers would work throughout Friday and Saturday in order to complete the tree by Christmas eve.
“We will have an official unveiling ceremony by Saturday evening. It will hopefully be completed then,” officials said.
Sri Lanka also hopes to qualify into the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the tallest Christmas Tree in the world and will send a team to the Record Headquarters with the necessary paper work and documentation.
The tree which will rise 325 feet is being built using more than a million natural pine cones, iron, old wood material, chicken wire mesh and vinyl flowers.
A 20-foot Santa and 40-foot sleigh made out of Styrofoam is also to be mounted halfway up the tree, which is to be lighted with some 300,000 lights and topped by a 6-metre-high shining star. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe plans to light the tree on Christmas Eve.
The tree which is estimated to cost 800,000 US dollars will be up until January 6. It has already attracted thousands of people.