Christmas in Rio de Janeiro

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Christmas Tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

Christmas in Brazil is synonymous with sun, sea, sand, and coconut water. The same goes for Christmas and the New Year in Rio de Janeiro falling right in the middle of the Brazilian summer. So, every year during the festive season, a carioca Santa Claus dons his swimming trunks for this traditional family celebration.

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Christmas Tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

The Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree (Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon Christmas Tree) is set up on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon waters and features amongst the largest floating Christmas trees in the world, measuring an impressive 85 meters high. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon Christmas Tree has been a symbol of Christmas in Rio de Janeiro ever since 1995.

Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree

Every Christmas this beautiful tree is inaugurated on the 1st of December accompanied by spectacular fireworks lighting up the night sky. There it remains for visitors to admire until the 6th of January (the Epiphany). In addition, a different theme is chosen for the Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree every year. This Christmas in Rio 2012, the tree has been decorated in accordance with the theme “All the Christmas’ Around the World” with colors reminiscent of the four seasons including yellow for summer, white to remind us of snow in winter, different shades of green for autumn, and colorful flowers with a 3D effect representing spring.

Christmas Tree and Christ the Redeemer

As part of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon Christmas tree inauguration celebrations, visitors can expect an array of performances in Parque de Cantagalo (Cantagalo Park) located nearby the lagoon. They will include a concert adaptation of “the Wizard of Oz”, as well as a ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. In addition, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Barra Mansa (Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra), Coral da Fundação Bradesco (Bradesco Foundation Choir) and famous singers will be treating visitors to an array of festive tunes.

Rio de Janeiro Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights in Rio de Janeiro are switched on the 1st of December every year. They usually feature stars, Christmas characters and even palm trees.  The churches, city squares, and huge buildings in Rio de Janeiro are all covered in these sparkling lights. The store windows in the Marvelous City are also festively decorated over the Christmas season in Rio with reindeers, snowmen and Santa Claus’.

Christmas Shopping in Rio de Janeiro

All the major shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro get ready for the Christmas shopping season with festive decorations including fake snow, lots of Christmas baubles, Santa Claus’ and ice skating rinks. In addition, some shopping malls such as Barra Shopping, Rio Sul, Norte shopping, and Downtown offer extended Christmas shopping hours and launch seasonal promotions.

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Centro Cultura Banco do Brasil

The long-awaited Christmas decorations in the Centro Cultura Banco do Brasil (Bank of Brazil Cultural Center), located in the center of Rio de Janeiro, comprise some of the most beautiful in the city. This old building, dating back to 1906 and former Banco do Brasil headquarters, now houses this cultural institute hosting several exhibitions.

So now you know, a Christmas trip to Brazil means tons of sun, beaches and good times. Take full advantage of the Christmas holidays in Rio de Janeiro by opting for one of our apartments for rent with offering you every comfort during your stay in Brazil. Merry Christmas!

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