Many will agree that there is no jollier and more exciting time than the winter holidays. After all, ’tis the season of giving and a time for family and friends… and the perfect moment to build a Godzilla Christmas Tree.

Yes, you read it right—a Christmas tree made in the shape and form of Godzilla, the gigantic prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation that lays destruction to everything in its path. Oh, and it apparently also breathes smoke. How awesome is that?

Steven Newland took the inconventional way to Christmas & built a human-sized Godzilla Christmas tree

Image credits: Steven Newland

Steven Newland, a 36-year-old floatplane pilot from Rotorua, New Zealand, with whom Bored Panda got in touch, strayed away from the path of tradition and decided to one-up his Christmas tree design. The result was Treezilla, which is exactly what it sounds like—a Christmas tree that looks and feels just like Godzilla. Well, minus the actual size.

Image credits: Steven Newland

It’s impressive what you can do with some wire, weedmat, 4 christmas trees, decorations & a fog machine

Image credits: Steven Newland

“I got the idea from my 4-year-old nephew who loves dinosaurs,” explained Newland. “I thought I could do a dinosaur tree, but why stop there?  If it could also breath smoke, it would make it amazing!”

The impressive Treezilla was built using a handful of regular household items: 10 meters of chicken wire, a weedmat, plastic teeth, paper claws, Christmas lights, and four different fir trees. For added effect, it was equipped with a fog machine that is controlled remotely and refillable using fog machine fluid.

The tree reaches 1.8 meters in height, a bit higher than the average person’s height. So, it may not be as gigantic as the actual Godzilla monster, but at least it may seem like it for the kids.

Image credits: Steven Newland

After some time, the Treezilla was auctioned off with partial proceeds going to charity

Image credits: Steven Newland

Like most indoor Christmas trees, Treezilla is placed on a stand, which is necessary to hold it upwards due to its non-traditional tree shape. However, it is barely noticeable if covered with Christmas presents or other holiday decorations.

Image credits: Steven Newland

Christmas gifts were used to hide some of the structural parts of the tree, like the tree stand

Image credits: Steven Newland

After around a year of storage, Newland decided to auction it off online. 34 bids later, he sold Treezilla on TradeMe for 415 New Zealand dollars (roughly 270 US dollars). He set a 250 dollar reserve, so everything above that number went towards the Canteen children’s charity, which supports young people with cancer.

When asked about future projects, Newland had this to say: “This year’s tree is still under wraps (excuse the pun). I can tell you that it involves 5 meters of chain, a beer crate, and I had to buy a ceiling fan…”

“Also, remember all of the trees I’ve made in the past—I didnt have children,” continues Newland. “Now that I do, I can go over the top, and I have a prop!”

Take a look at the Treezilla in action, spewing smoke & looking menacing

Newland is also the man behind the Pac Man acrace Christmas tree…

Image credits: Steven Newland

This isn’t Newland’s first non-traditional Christmas Tree. In previous years, he came up and built a Pac Man arcade themed Christmas tree as well as a surreal half-and-half Portal themed Christmas tree.

“My favorite project was the PacMan tree,” elaborated Newland. “Mainly because of the logistics of building it and working through the maze of all the lights. I can’t remember how many, but it was in the hundreds.”

… as well as the impressive Portal-themed Christmas tree

Image credits: Steven Newland

What are some of your impressive Christmas tree ideas that you’ve done in the past? Let us know in the comments below!