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Christmas Season Arrives in Rio

By Felicity Clarke, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For those whom Christmas conjures images of snow, wool hats, rosy cheeks and fireside eggnog, they may find it hard to catch the holiday spirit amidst Brazil's summer heat. But of course Christmas (Natal in Portuguese) is more than a weather condition, or a wardrobe, and Rio has plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

The famous floating Christmas tree in Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoa in Zona Sul (South zone) is by far one of the most popular Christmas attractions in the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Inaugurated this year on Saturday, December 4th . . .

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