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Christmas Celebrations in Rio 2021

Years of colonization and thousands of immigrants from around the world make the Christmas traditions in Rio so special

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If you’re a tropical Christmas lover, Christmas in Rio de Janeiro may become one of your most-loved holiday destinations. Interestingly, since there are no spruce trees in Brazil, they are replaced by Christmas-tree-shaped displays of electric lights, and the main Christmas tree is put right in the middle of the lagoon. Christmas celebrations in Brazil are filled with a warmhearted atmosphere and the dearest people around.

Catholic traditions are pretty strong in Brazil, so many people go to the Midnight Mass (Missa do Galo) on Christmas. After this Mass, there is usually a big fireworks display. On Christmas Eve, there's usually a festive dinner after which at midnight people exchange presents and greet each other. On Christmas Day, Cariocas may visit their friends and relatives or go to the beach. The bar​s and clubs in Rio are open on Christmas night for those who want to continue celebrating. One of the most festive areas is called the Arcos da Lapa, surrounded by different bars and clubs filled with loud music and joy.

Also, a lot of people go Christmas shopping. One of the most popular markets with Christmas gifts and various festive nick-nacks is called Saara market. It features 11 blocks in the heart of the city, selling everything you may want to buy for Christmas. And if you are looking for something truly eccentric and exquisite, go to the Hippie market in Ipanema. There, you’ll definitely find unique handmade gifts.

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What season is it in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas day?

In Rio de Janeiro, there are two seasons: the dry season from May to October and the rainy season from December to March.

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