Europe’s largest Christmas tree stood for the first time in Lisbon in 2004, and returned in the following years to the very same spot in the city’s Comercio Square (you can see a video of the 2006 tree here). Last year it left the Portuguese capital and was instead planted in the country’s second city, Porto.
In 2008 it returns to Lisbon although not in the same square that it called home for two years. This time it will stand on Edward VII Park overlooking the city all the way down to the river. It will not be as tall (last time it measured 76 meters), reaching a height of “only” 44 meters due to the fact that the top of the park is much higher than its previous low riverfront location and it could interfere with the airplanes passing by on their way to the city’s airport. However, even with this year’s scaled-down version, Portugal will continue to have the tallest Christmas tree in Europe for one more year.
It will be sponsored by different companies for a total investment that can reach between one and two million euros, with the lights turning on on November 22nd. It will brighten the holiday season until January, through which special musical events for the whole family will take place around the tree.