Christmas Tree Lagoa

Christmas Tree Lighting in Rio 2014

The world’s largest floating Christmas tree will be lit for the 19th time this Saturday, 29 November 2014, at 8pm at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro. The traditional lighting of the Christmas tree marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’. Featuring this 85 meters tall (ca. 279 feet) Christmas tree, Rio de Janeiro holds the world record for the largest floating Christmas tree since 2007.

Lighting of the Christmas tree at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

Christmas Tree LagoaEach year, thousands of visitors watch the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lagoa in Rio de Janeiro. For the inauguration, the Christmas tree is located close to Cantagalo Park. After the ceremony, the tree is moved to the center of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

How to get to the Christmas Tree inauguration

If you’re coming from Copacabana or Ipanema you can just walk to the lagoon. However, there’s also a special Metrô na Superfície Bus from MetrôRio which leaves at General Osorio in Ipanema and takes you directly to the lagoon. The bus runs from 6pm-11on on Saturday 29th, and from 6pm-10pm on Sunday 30th.

Parking is available but likely to fill up soon. Better to take a cab.

See map below for an approximate location of the Christmas tree inauguration.

The story of the world’s largest floating Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Lagoa

Adding the star
©Bradesco Seguros

Since 1996 the tree is one of the most important Christmas symbols in Rio de Janeiro and as such on of the top tourist attractions of the city during Christmas season. The tree will be exposed on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon until Epiphany, the holiday that celebrates the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus, on 6 January 2015. During this time, people can admire the Christmas tree at the lagoon every night. Actually, this is also a reason why traffic is even more dense than usual around the lagoon during the holiday season. This year’s version of the Christmas tree is 85  meters tall, weighs 542 tons, combines 24 km of tubes for its structure and more than 1200 people were involved in the construction process (according to Bradesco Seguros).

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Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

Christmas Tree Lagoa

©Bradesco Seguros

Counting more than three millions of lights, the Christmas tree features an elaborated and continuously changing display that shows different  patterns in different colors. If you want to join the lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree, be sure to arrive in the early afternoon to save a good spot. Large crowds are to be expected, so it might be a good idea to plan a picnic and enjoy the day relaxing at the lagoon while waiting for the inauguration to start. The lighting of the Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, certainly deserves a little waiting time 🙂

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