Christmas in Rio de Janeiro in 2011

By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although not as prevalent as it is in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas remains an important tradition for the Cariocas (Rio natives) and, despite a few differing customs, food and festivity are what lies at the heart and soul of this special day.

According to Brazilian tradition, celebrations officially begin on Christmas Eve with families very often gathering together to start the holiday. One fun option recommended in Rio on the day before Christmas is a visit to the giant Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?