World’s Tallest Floating Christmas Tree was Unveiled in A Spectacular Fireworks Show

Christmas has officially begun in Rio de Janeiro, as thousands of people turned out to see the world’s tallest floating Christmas tree and a firework display over the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon yesterday.

Crowds flocked to the waterfront to watch as the 542 ton and 85 metre high structure was lit up by a dazzling display of multicoloured fireworks.

The annual event, which is now in its nineteenth year, draws tourists from across the globe and is the third largest occasion in the city’s calendar.

Each year there is a new theme, represented by the tree’s lights, and “A Christmas Light” was chosen for 2014 – celebrating the importance of light in people’s lives, symbolised by the sun, moon and stars.

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