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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Home to the tallest floating Christmas tree in the world, Rio does not cut corners when it comes to its Christmas festivities. The 280-foot tree illuminates Lake Rodrigo de Freitas with nearly 3 million lights. The lighting ceremony, complete with fireworks, is the capital city’s largest celebration after Carnaval and New Year’s Eve.

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