Rio's Christmas Barge

The floating tree

The tree floating in Rio's lagoa is 27 stories tall, weighs 450 tons and features 2.8 million lights. Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia hide caption

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In Rio de Janeiro, rather than gather round the Christmas tree, people choose to watch it float. For 10 years, the city has come together once a year to celebrate the holidays and watch the world's largest Christmas tree float in Rio's lagoa — a small lake that sits behind the narrow strip of land known as Ipanema.



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