How Many Lego Bricks You Think it Took?
A 12.2 metre tall (that's more than 40 feet high!) Christmas tree made completely out of Lego bricks welcomes travelers as they zip in and out of the main concourse of London's ever bustling St Pancras International Station.
The Lego Christmas tree took more than two months to construct and will be on view until the 3rd of January 2012. It contains an undisclosed number of bricks, but Lego suggests the number is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 600,000 pieces. The tree has more than 1000 baubles attached to its 170 plus branches and is believed to be the tallest tree ever made entirely of Legos. The tree was built and installed by Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks, the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional, along with help from local primary school students and members of a local Explorer Scouts unit.
As for the exact number of Lego bricks that make up the tree, well, what do you think? If you have a strong hunch or even just a random guess and you happen to be passing through St Pancras sometime soon, you should definitely take a second to drop by the St Pancras branch of Hamleys toy store located inside the station's main concourse. The world famous London toy store has teamed up with the station to host a competition to find out how many Lego bricks have been used to create the tree. One lucky and correct participant will win a family ticket to Legoland Windsor Resort just outside London along with a one night family stay at the Legoland Hotel. The competition started November 24th and ends Christmas Eve.
The plastic fantastic Lego Christmas tree serves as a magnificent centrepiece to a whole range of seasonal festivities taking place at St Pancras. Salvation Army exclusive performances, rock choir performances and more ensure you don't need to catch a train to have a good reason to book flights to London and visit St Pancras this time of year. Restaurants and shops inside the station are joining in on the celebrations as well with discounts, special menus and other events adding to the fun. There's even a treasure hunt for Harry Potter Lego prizes (perhaps a good place to look is at Platform 9 ¾ at nearby King's Cross Station).
Visit St Pancras International's dedicated Your Guide to Christmas webpage for more details and for a full list of events and promotions at the station.
Photo: Chris Osburn