Australia is definitely beaming with holiday spirit.

The country's capital, Canberra, has a tradition of stringing Christmas lights at a shopping center, but this year, the city managed to set a world record with a display of about 1.2 million LED lights, beating out Uzbekistan's 2012 record by almost 200,000 bulbs.


Lights twinkle in a mall in Canberra, Australia, where David Richards has set a Guinness World Record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the Australia's capital. (AAP Image, Alan Porritt/AP)

The display's wiring is over 75 miles long and shows three giant Christmas presents tied together.

The point of this extravagant display? David Richards, a lawyer from the city who was the mastermind behind the project and had architects and engineers help him achieve this feat, stated that the proceeds would go to a local charity.

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Richards, who also set a record last year for "the most Christmas lights on a residential property," told Guinness that "Christmas lights really get people into the festive spirit... We decorated our home for years, and people came from everywhere to see our lights. This year, who knows how many people will come along?"


A record 1,194,380 Christmas lights are switched on in aid of Sids for Kids, Canberra, Australia. (Alan Porritt/EPA)