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Celebrating Christmas in Rio’s Imperial City of Petrópolis

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The city of Petrópolis is currently in the middle of its annual ‘Natal Imperial’ (Imperial Christmas) celebrations. At under two hours’ drive from Rio de Janeiro, and nestled in the cooler mountainous region, the ‘Cidade Imperial’ (Imperial City) makes for a perfect short break from the sweltering carioca summer.

Running since November 30th, the Imperial Christmas celebrations are set to last until January 20th, 2019, and they are proving as popular as last year, when Petrópolis saw more than 330,000 visitors arriving during the holiday season. This year . . .

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