Float On: Visit Rio For Christmas Tree Spectacular

Rio Christmas TreeThis weekend visitors and residents of Rio de Janeiro were treated to lashings of festive spirit with an occasion and a landmark to surpass any other. The world’s tallest floating Christmas tree was officially launched, drawing thousands of spectators to visit this unforgettable experience.

Over 100, 000 people flocked to the floating Christmas tree’s home in Rodrigo de Freitas to watch as a stunning six minute firework spectacular marked the official launch of the Christmas tree.

Reaching 85 metres – it is something of a sight – at the same height of a 28 storey building! Themed around the four seasons, the “tree” is actually a manmade metallic structure, featuring lights, colours and shapes. It is the 17th tree of its ilk – named the Bradesco Tree.

The different seasons are marked in their respective ways; for Autumn the tree lights up autumn leaves shapes, for winter, it lights up with a multitude of dazzling snowflakes. It is illuminated by 3.3 million lightbulbs! Weighing a staggering 542 tonnes – the tree was constructed and gifted to the city by Brazil’s largest insurance company.

The tree will be lit until the 6th January, during scores of tourists eager to come see this spectacular sight for themselves. Rio de Janeiro is fast becoming a winter break of choice; with many tourists choosing the city for their Christmas and New Year breaks. Hotels in Rio de Janeiro are appropriately festive; offering a variety of stays, from the super luxurious through to the super chic.

More than a million people are expected to come see the floating Christmas tree – which is just one part of a programme of events and installations throughout the city, for the festive season, culminating in New Year’s Eve on Copacabana beach!

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