Lagoa Christmas tree, an 82 meters (278 ft 10 in) high mega structure, stands above the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro. This floating tree has already become a traditional gathering place for thousands of tourists from all over the world.
According to the Guinness World Records it is the greatest Christmas tree on water. The tree has been built for ten straight years, it cost 1.1 million dollars, and it has been funded by a group Bradesco de Seguros e Previdencia. The official ceremony of “dipping” the tree occurred in November 2005, and in the first month this attraction was seen by 80,000 people a day. After the Carnival and Reveillon (a celebration for the end of the year) the tree is the third attraction in Rio de Janeiro, which is richly decorated from 26 November to 6 January. It is expected that for the New Year celebrations, or as Brazilians call it – Reveillon, around 600,000 tourists, including 300,000 foreigners swarm into Rio de Janeiro. The tree is held up on the water by 11 steel blocks, they form an 810 ft2 large base, which carries 450 tons heavy tree. It takes 2.228 kV of electricity to light up the tree which is the amount of electricity consumed by 300 three bedroom houses.
Candles, grain of corn and ornamental balls (a traditional Christmas table decorations) embellish this tree, and it is illuminated by 2.8 million lights and 35,000 meters of decorative tape. Christmas tree 82 meters high, an equivalent to the 27 floors building, can be seen from each and every corner of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. A show is held every year around the Christmas tree. Every morning at eight o’clock viewers can see the water show, with the effects in color and light, 48 pumps placed around the tree fire jets of water to a height of 20 meters. Over the weekend this spectacle is enriched with music and it is arranged on every half hour from 8:00 to 11:00.
As already said, Lagoa Christmas tree is a partnership venture of Bradesco de Seguros e Previdencia Group and the city of Rio de Janeiro. This project, from design, maintenance and dismantling at the end, employs close to 1,100 people for every New Year’s celebration. All you have to do now is come and see something as beautiful and unique as this.
Photo: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo