Tourists line up to see giant floating Christmas tree

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By , WWJ Newsradio 950

Tourists are lining up to see a giant Christmas tree in Italy, but it's not exactly what you think. This particular tree is one of the biggest in the world, and it's floating in water.

The town of Castiglione del Lago has been spreading some pretty special Christmas cheer this season. Upon the surface of Lake Trasimeno is the world's largest Christmas tree, according to those who designed it.

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"It is the longest tree in the world, at over a kilometer long," Marco Cecchetti, President of Castiglione del Lago's events association, told Reuters.

The tree is made of 2,600 perimeter lights connected by 165 supporting poles embedded in the water and almost 4.5 miles of electric cable.

"It is a green tree because it consumes only a little more than 10 kilowatt," Cecchetti explained. "With 2,600 light bulbs, that represents a dream, designing this metaphysical tree resting on the water."

Cecchetti added that it's "a really complicated and tough job" making sure the tree comes together perfectly.

"Over 100 volunteers work not only during the event but also throughout the preparation of this project," he said.

The town that overlooks the lake is hosting a special Christmas village that includes viewing opportunities, a shopping market, ice skating rink and live entertainment.

The tree is returning this year after a year off due to the COVID pandemic. It was first lit in 2019, drawing more than 200,000 visitors, according to Italy Magazine.

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