Johor, 29 November 2012 – The first LEGOLAND® Park in Asia is getting into the Christmas spirit with another first – Asia’s tallest LEGO® Christmas tree. LEGOLAND Malaysia unveiled the nine metre tree at a special lighting ceremony today.
Created from more than 400,000 LEGO DUPLO® bricks, it towers over The Beginning area of the 76 acre Park. Decorated with 260 LEGO® ornaments, the tree will be at the Park from now until early January 2013.
Siegfried Boerst, General Manager of LEGOLAND Malaysia, lit up the tree for the first time this evening with Christmas carollers, children and the famous LEGOLAND mascot, Ollie. The first part of the festivities kicked off on Tuesday when the final installation of a star was put up on top of the tree. The tree will light up every evening from 7pm onwards.
“It’s great to be celebrating our first Christmas here at LEGOLAND Malaysia with Asia’s largest LEGO Christmas tree,” said Mr Boerst. “LEGOLAND is all about bringing the family together for a day of fun so Christmas is one our favourite times of year. At our Parks across the world, the Christmas tree has become an annual tradition. This year, it will be at LEGOLAND Malaysia until early January 2013.”
The spectacular tree took approximately 10 weeks to build and weighs more than 6,000 kilograms. Designed with an advanced computer programme, it took a team of nine people to complete the assembly. The initial design and building was done in the Czech Republic where the largest LEGO Model Shop is located.
The tree was then shipped to Malaysia in 40 parts and assembled in the Park by LEGOLAND Malaysia model builders.
The tree has also been fitted with 108 special LEGO LED candles and is designed to withstand local weather conditions such as heat, wind and rain. Visitors and media were also treated to carol singing by youths from the Calvary Teenage Girl’s Home from Johor Bahru. The choir of 16 girls sang seasonal favourites such as Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells and 12 Days of Christmas.
Today’s tree lighting ceremony marks the start of the first year of Christmas celebrations at LEGOLAND Malaysia. Several activities have been planned as part of the celebrations including special walking characters, storytelling sessions and Christmas ornament building activities.
The building sessions will be held at LEGO Academy daily from 11am-5pm and visitors can choose to either participate in a free building session or purchase specially packed bricks at the Brick Shop.
With the purchase, visitors can learn how to build each item with LEGOLAND Malaysia model builders for several hours every day and take home the festive ornaments. Other LEGO Christmas products are also available at both retail outlets at this time of the year. This includes items such as Advent calendars, LEGO baubles, Santa sleigh sets, holiday t-shirts and much more.