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World's largest floating Christmas tree lights up

Monday, Dec 03, 2012 - 01:14

Dec. 3 - Rio de Janeiro lights up the world's largest floating Christmas tree that uses 3.1 million light bulbs and has a surprising ''four season'' decoration. Elly Park reports.

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The world's largest floating Christmas tree is lit in the heart of Rio de Janeiro to kick off Brazil's holiday season. Over 100,000 spectators watched as this year's tree changed in colors and forms to represent the four seasons. The metal structure is 85 meters tall, or 279 feet, and is illuminated by over 3 million light bulbs. If that's not enough of a spectacle, there's also a six-minute-long firework display to keep audiences enthralled. SOUNDBITE: Marcia Braune, Tourist, saying (Portuguese) "It was the first time that I saw the lighting of this tree and I think it was really beautiful, it was very emotional, I cried, I thought it was wonderful." The tree is recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest floating Christmas tree on Earth. In comparison New York's famous Rockefeller Center Tree is less than one-third its size adorned with just 30,000 lights -- but it's a real Norwegian spruce.

World's largest floating Christmas tree lights up

Monday, Dec 03, 2012 - 01:14

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