Saturday, December 8, 2018

New Year’s Eve in Rio is an explosion of joy

Copacabana beach, one of the most famous and beautiful benchmarks in Brazil, has historically received Olympic competitions, a free Rolling Stones concert and even a mass celebrated by Pope Francis, but it is on December 31st that, every year, it lives its most glamorous moment: the New Year’s fireworks. The party gathers about 2 million cariocas and tourists on the sands and boats that fill the sea.
The fun and the excitation, not to mention the excellent temperature, make the New Year’s night in Rio de Janeiro a global phenomenon. There are popular parties on virtually the entire seafront of the town, with fireworks and musical attractions, but Copacabana holds the highlight of the party. The countdown is the cue to an explosion of happiness, followed by a 15-minute bliss, when cariocas and tourists are glazed over by the non-stop explosion of fireworks.
The party in Copacabana is well organized with stages and big screens set up on the sands, security and a great infrastructure, where several artists perform special New Year’s concerts. At the same time, several parties shake up the night in the city. Most of them offer all inclusive services with drinks and food included, as well as concerts and DJs. The most crowded ones are in the outskirts of Copacabana and offer the chance to see the fireworks.
Check out some of the options and set up your schedule
Réveillon White Rooftop 2019 - It will be an over-12-hour-long festival in the Lagoon, in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, with an all-inclusive service and several simultaneous dance floors, and all that overlooking the Copacabana beach fireworks, the statue of Christ, the Redeemer, the Pedra da Gávea and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. For more information, visit:

Réveillon do Morro 2019 - Morro da Urca, which is part of the Sugarloaf complex, holds one of the most crowded parties, with one of the most dazzling scenarios. On the 31st, the open bar and food party will host over seven DJs and the drum section of Mangueira Samba School, as well as surprise attractions. 
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Rio Réveillon - Held in Jockey Club Brasileiro for 12 years, this party usually gathers 3,000 people. Overlooking Copacabana’s and Lagoa’s fireworks, it is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink kind of party, and it also has a kids’ area. Some of the attractions are: baile do Sapucapeta, the drum section of Mangueira Samba School, Groove Box and DJs. For more information, visit:

Réveillon Cheers 2019 - The party takes up Mansão Botafogo, in Botafogo, in the South Side of Rio. With two scenes, being one electronic and the other focused on popular music, it offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet. You can also leave the party along with a group of Carnaval dancers to watch the fireworks on the beach and return to party all night until the sun comes up. For more information, visit:

Bailinho da Virada - The famous party is back, and now celebrating its first New Year’s Eve edition. The venue will the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), in the South Zone, with a view to the fireworks display from neighboring beach, Flamengo Beach, and from Icaraí Beach, in Niterói, on the other side of the Guanabara Bay. In addition to the New Year’s Eve dinner and breakfast, guests will get to enjoy 12 hours of a lot of music played by Djs in two dance floors. Open bar, of course. The first floor of MAM will have a beach look, with beach chairs and mats, a shower to cool off and towels available. For more information, visit:

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