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New Year's Eve 2024-2025 in Rio de Janeiro

A vibrant celebration with candles, fireworks, and samba

Dates: December 31

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New Year's Eve is one of Rio's most spectacular festivities. As usually happens in Rio, the celebration is a mix of both new and old traditions.

NYE traditions

The older traditions include wearing white clothes, putting flowers and candles in the sea, and traditional carnival songs and dancing. The white clothes are a symbol of a new beginning, and flowers and candles are put in the water to honor Iemanjá, the Goddess of Sea and Water in the Candomble and Umbanda religions.

Copacabana New Year's Eve

Among the new traditions, ​there's the firework display on Copacabana Beach, stages with live music, and champagne showers. Cariocas—the residents of Rio–are better at celebrating than anyone else in the world, and their holidays are just like they are—cheerful, light, and full of life. New Year's Eve in Rio is a once in a lifetime experience and not to be missed.​

New Year’s Eve at Morro da Urca (Revellion do Morro)

For stunning panoramic views, head to one of the best Rio's tourist attractions — Sugarloaf Mountain. Morro da Urca is a 721-ft (220-m) summit, hosting a tram station, which takes tourists to the mountain. On December 31, Morro da Urca hosts the ultimate NY party, Revellion do Morro, featuring an open bar, DJs, bands, and great food. Guests can also take a ride to Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy the view. Don't hesitate to elevate your New Year's Eve and party Rio-style!

Even though Rio is the top destination to dance the night away, you can explore the country beyond the city and discover more fascinating ways to ring in the New Year. Aside from the legendary Copacabana Beach, the other options include Trancoso, Florianópolis, Porto Seguro, and Fernando de Noronha. All of these coastal spots allow you to dip your toes into the sand by day and party into the New Year at night—a perfect program for your NYE getaway.

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