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The world's smallest Christmas tree

recognised and valid world record

About 100,000 enthusiasts and five television stations, plus representatives of the radio and daily press, came to the Intermodellbau trade fair in Dortmund in April 2007 to witness the creation of the world's smallest artificial Christmas tree.

The creative world record team, consisting of two women and four men, showed the trade fair public the modern possibilities of miniaturisation and created a tiny tree in the five days of the trade fair, which still holds the valid world record today.

Decorations, lights and tree must not form an inseparable unit and must be designed three-dimensionally - just like a big Christmas tree. The world's smallest Christmas tree measures just 14 mm in height, is illuminated and colourfully decorated.

It is adorned with 10 yellow miniature LEDs, 10 red Christmas tree balls (with a diameter of 1 mm), 3 ribbons of gold-plated tinsel, as well as galvanic gold-plated Christmas pendants (e.g. tree silhouettes and stars). A gold-coloured angel is enthroned on the top (approx. scale 1:500).

The Book of Alternative Records has checked this world record, interviewed witnesses, analysed film footage and confirmed in 2012 that this is the world record that remains unbroken to this day.

It is beautiful to look at because it is embedded in a Christmas snowy landscape. Around it (apparently) drives the "Christmas Express", near it are deer, wild boars, rabbits and Father Christmas with his reindeer sleigh (including "Rudolph with the red nose"). Inside we see many gift packages, perhaps the world's smallest teddy bear and a doll. A floating white and gold angel figure with a halo and a trombone announces the birth of the baby Jesus.

Since November 2007, the tiny bear has been on public display every year in the shop window of the Lamers Gallery at Kleppingstraße 8 in Dortmund's city centre. Then he is a pre-Christmas attraction on the edge of the Christmas market, where he sets a counterpoint to his equally well-known counterpart, which claims to be the largest of its kind.