Floating Christmas Tree Lights Up Rio De Janeiro's Night Sky

Rio De Janeiro's floating Christmas tree was lit up officially kicking off the holiday season.

Thousands of tourists and locals flocked to watch the 70-metre tree light up for the first time this year, accompanied by a seven-minute fireworks display.

The annual celebration has become a mainstay for tourists who came out in droves along with locals who came to be part of the celebration.

The Christmas tree was first erected in 1996 and its lighting has become Rio's third biggest tourist event after carnival festivities and new year's eve on Copacabana beach.