World’s Biggest Floating Christmas Tree Is Alight in Brazil

Bradesco Christmas tree by Marcos Pinto For the thirteenth year in a row Brazil's Bradesco Bank is bringing to Rio, in southeastern Brazil, its giant Christmas tree, the biggest floating Christmas tree in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Thousands of people gathered this Saturday, November 29, to watch the lightning of the year-end Holiday treat.

The annual ceremony is considered the third greatest event in the city of Rio de Janeiro, after Carnaval and New Year's Eve. This year the spectacle of lights and colors included a musical show called "A melody of peace for the Brazilian family."

An electronic carillon, imported from Italy and similar to the one used in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, has been installed within its structure to reproduce Christmas carols with bells played manually by professional bell-ringers. There are also fireworks scheduled for every Saturday until the end of the year.

The programming of the inaugural event, with a live television broadcast in real time by the Tree's hot site included a concert given by popular Brazilian artists such as singers Elba Ramalho, João Bosco, Roberta Sá and guitarist Turí­bio Santos, as well as the Choir of the Bradesco Foundation, made up of 112 young students.

The American soprano Carol McDavit, who has been settled in Brazil for the past 20 years, also made an appearance.

At the top of the 85-meter (279-feet) tree, the star is now accompanied by two angels representing peace. The 52 kilometers (32 miles) of lighted strands are to evoke the Christmas theme, and 1,600 flashing lights are to evoke twinkling stars.

The second certification in the Guinness Book of Records, as the "largest floating Christmas tree in the world," was obtained because of the height of 85 meters in 2007 and recorded in the recently published 2009 edition.

At its launching in 1996, the tree was 48 meters (157 feet) high and up until the 2006 edition, 82 meters (269 feet). The first certification in the Guinness book was awarded in 1999, when this symbol of Christmas measured 76 meters (249 feet).

For the past three years, the Bradesco Christmas Tree has had generators fueled by biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. For the third year, to ensure rationality in the consumption of fuel, the generators will be controlled by a computerized system.

Emissions of carbon gas into the atmosphere produced by the assembly, display and dismantling of the tree, the organizers say, will be neutralized by the planting of trees in regions of the Mata Atlântica rainforest, on the Brazilian coast.


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  • João da Silva

    [quote]World’s Biggest Floating Christmas Tree Is Alight in Brazil ?
    written by ch.c., December 01, 2008
    IN SANTA CATARINA ?????? [/quote]

    There wouldn’t be many Christmas lights in some parts of Santa Catarina this year. I don’t think that the bloody TV reporters that have descended on the state know about fraction of the problems some communities are undergoing. It is just the right time for them and our “Rulers” to appear on the Telly and promote themselves as the saviors of the 100,000 homeless ones. May be Switzerland can take some Kramers, Hoffmanns, Neumanns, Hartmanns, etc who are good in producing wealth out of the soil in the areas that were affected.

    Alternatively, Bradesco can lend them money at 2% a YEAR to rebuild their homes, farms, etc; to enable them to light their Christmas trees 2 years from now.

  • ch.c.

    World’s Biggest Floating Christmas Tree Is Alight in Brazil ?

    And by the way…let me applaude Forrest comments !
    Brazilians and Lula did not do differently for a young Brit with no personal money and created an orphanage..IN BRAZIL !
    He was accused and sent 11 years in jail for sexual conduct with minors.
    He had Nooooooo defense lawyer !
    Later the children admitted they LIED ! They recognized that their accusations were due to manipulations and pressure from locals.
    Neither the Brazilian Supreme Court of INjustice nor Robin the Crook accepted to reopen the case !
    In Brazil innocents or petty thieves must be kept in long term jail. Those disclosing or revealing scams or corruptions should be silenced one way or the other. Those corrupted to the roots are at best found innocents…or at worst PARDONNED !

    And when petty thieves are too many, no problem… just exterminate them with your Deaths Squads…who most of the time are policemen outside their REGULAR working hours…and thus not wearing their official uniforms !!!!!

  • forrest allen brown

    more info
    November 28, 2008

    Dear Friends and Supporters of David Goldman,

    We are writing to give you an update on the Sean Goldman case and to also make you aware that David will be appearing on the Dr. Phil Show – Monday, December 1st. The show will be on at 3:00pm on WCBS Channel 2, in the Metropolitan New York area. Please check the Dr Phil Show Local Listings for the station and time in your locale.

    In addition, we were just informed that David may be a live guest on the Fox News Channel sometime next week on Greta van Susterenˢ۪s On the Record. Obviously this would be great exposure for the case so we are excited about that development. We hope to update you next week on the date for that appearance. On the Record airs on the Fox news channel at 10:00 EST. Please check our website ( for details as they become available. NBC is also moving ahead with a full one-hour investigative piece that should air within the next month or two, we will let you know about that as soon as we have a date.

    As for an update on the case, we would like to refer you to a recent article that was published in the Asbury Park Press this week by Bill Handleman, which can be found on the Media page of our web site ( In addition to this article, the articles in Piaui Magazine and Consultor Juridico are excellent and demonstrate that several media outlets in Brazil are finally starting to cover the case despite the media ban in place in Brazil .

    We would also like to steer you to the updated How to Help page on our website ( which has some new contact information available and a list of priorities for spreading awareness of the case. Please take the time to visit the site as now is the perfect time for all of us to get angry again and make another push with the people who can help make a difference in this case and bring Sean home. Additionally, a UK-based childrenˢ۪s group called Forever Searching helped set up a Facebook page which all of you should visit when you have a few minutes ( to help spread the story around the web.

    We are also planning a rally in front of the Brazilian Consulate in New York City in the coming weeks with a tentative date of Friday December 12. For any of you who live in the tri-state area, we could really use your support. If you are available to help, please email us at and let us know. You can put À¢€œNEW YORK PROTESTÀ¢€Â in the subject line. We are planning to have T-shirts made up for the occasion and hope that many of you can bring homemade banners and signs expressing your outrage over this case. We will post details for the event on the web site next week.

    And thank you again from all of us for your support. We have made good progress in raising awareness of the case but more work still needs to be done.

    Thank you,

    Friends of David Goldman

  • forrest allen brown

    if you have cable
    no monday dec 1 2008

    the DR PHIL show will have a interview with Mr goldman
    you know the man ohose boy is being held in brasil by his self appointed stepfather and the
    laywer with political pull
    who has made it ileagle for the presss to print the news abouit the case .

    well to late know over 14 million women from the US and millions more from all over the world will see just
    how anil brasil laws are .

    next thing you will here is from LULA crying as with the out cry from the US and Canada
    millions of people will not come to brasil .
    not spend there money
    and set in place rules on making it harder on brasilians coming to the US
    for any reason .
    and from what i here DR Phil is going to ask to have the laywer
    bar removed from the US courts to stop him from making money here in the

    there are 2 papers in brasil that have printed the tail of shan
    but are in trouble now for doin g it

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