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Rio presents giant floating Christmas tree of lights

Rio presents giant floating Christmas tree of lights

RIO DE JANEIRO (BDCi) – Just in time for the holiday season, a huge floating Christmas “tree” was revealed on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro.

The structure is made up of 3.1 million lights and stands 280 feet tall, officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the biggest of its kind in the world.

Symbolized by stars, the moon and the sun, the tree’s theme celebrates the important role light plays in people’s everyday lives.

The lighting ceremony of the floating tree has become the biggest event in Rio after Carnaval and New Year’s Eve, drawing families from the city as well as tourists on vacation for the holidays.

The tree will light up every night until January 6 and will move throughout the lagoon so it can be seen from different parts of Rio.