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Posted by portugalpress on December 04, 2018

For the first time in 2o years, Viana do Castelo council has decided not to decorate its gigantic Norfolk Pine (Auraucaria excelsa), renowned locally for being the largest Christmas tree in Europe.

The reason is that it has become increasingly difficult to decorate the massive tree without damaging its branches.

For the sake of preserving the town’s natural heritage, the council has taken what it calls “an environmental decision”.

The 50-metre tall tree that used to sparkle with thousands of lights throughout the Christmas period will sparkle no more, while the council will spend €60,000 illuminating its town centre from December 7.