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Christmas lights world record set by Richards family in Canberra

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David Richards and his family have put up 502,165 Christmas lights around their home in Canberra, setting a new world record.

The Australian family set the record for the most Christmas lights on a residential property, Guinness World Records confirmed.

David Richards told reporters he had started working on the display in October.

The family first held the world record in 2011, before losing the title to a family in New York.

David Richards and his family have put up 502,165 Christmas lights around their home in Canberra, setting a new world record

David Richards and his family have put up 502,165 Christmas lights around their home in Canberra, setting a new world record

The Richards family had put up 331,038 Christmas lights in 2011.

“I took a week off in [the] October school holidays and then have worked every weekend since,” David Richards said.


“I have always loved Christmas. Having the Christmas lights with the community coming in and sharing it is a time when you get to know people you probably should know better,” he added.

David Richards did not rule out doing this again in the future, but said he would need a generator to get any more electricity for his home, AP news agency reported.

The Richards family will open the display to visitors in the coming weeks, to raise money for a children’s charity.

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