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Árvore de Natal da Lagoa

The 17th edition of the world's largest floating Christmas tree adds a little seasonal magic to December

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Árvore de Natal da Lagoa

Date 01 Dec 2012-06 Jan 2013

Open 8pm

Árvore de Natal da Lagoa website

Parque Cantagalo
Rua Epitácio Pessoa, Lagoa

Nearby Stations
Metrô Cantagalo
Buses 434, 157

As if Rio didn't have enough iconic landmarks already, another seasonal floating one in the shape of a giant Christmas tree is planting its roots on the placid waters of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. The man-made tree is the largest buoy of its kind looming at an impressive 85 metres (two better than last year and more than double Cristo himself), and marvelling at how the 542-ton brute stays afloat by day is soon replaced by wonder as night falls and the thousands of lights come on.

This year the accompanying theme is "All the Christmases of the world" and the ignition ceremony on the 1st December includes a full concert complete with musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz starring the actors Malu Rodrigues and Luiz Carlos Miele. Dorothy will traverse the world's cities and eventually end up in good old Rio to set the tree aglow. The seasonal extravaganza wouldn't be complete without excerpts of ballet from 'The Nutcracker' suite, a huge electronic bell and a firework display that rivals New Year's.

Words by Geoffrey Chang
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