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Rio lights world's largest floating Christmas tree

Updated 11:38 AM ET, Sun December 1, 2013
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Fireworks explode during the lighting ceremony for Rio de Janeiro's famed floating Christmas tree in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas on November 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Mist hangs over the water before the lighting ceremony. Mario Tama/Getty Images
The 85-meter-tall artificial tree is the largest floating Christmas tree in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Mario Tama/Getty Images
People celebrate during festivities surrounding the lighting ceremony. Mario Tama/Getty Images
The tree is lit by 3 million microlights capable of several lighting displays. Mario Tama/Getty Images
The tree will be remain lit every night until the end of the year. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Fireworks and smoke surround the tree during the lighting ceremony. Mario Tama/Getty Images
A man rides on a stand-up paddle in front of the tree. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the tree lit by its millions of lights, showing one of several possible displays. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images