Rio de Janeiro - New Year's Eve !

Réveillon 2010 / 2011
The World's Biggest Beach Party!

The New Year's Eve party on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the world. Every December 31st "Réveillon" (re-vay-yon), as it's called in Brazil, draws more than one million people to the streets and sands of beautiful Copacabana Beach. Revéillon celebrations are held all over Rio de Janeiro, but the place to be is on Copacabana Beach.

This annual New Year's Eve party is so popular that hotel and rental apartment rates for the last week of the year increase to the same price levels as during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival (Carnaval) pre-Lenten festival.

New Year's Eve 2010 / 2011 on Copacabana Beach

Watch video of the 2010 / 2011 midnight fireworks show on Copacabana Beach.

The 2010 / 2011 Reveillon festivities will be produced by the SRCom company, and will include DJ and live music on 4 stages along Copacabana Beach, a laser show, and the usual fantastic fireworks show at midnight. The theme of this year's party will be "The Golden Decade" highlighting the major sporting events to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro (Military World Games, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics). The colors white, graphite, silver and gold will dominate the celebration.

The party officially begins at 6pm with DJs spinning discs on four stages along the beach. Each stage will have an enormous video screen as the backdrop. The main "Brasil" stage will be located in front of the famous Copacabana Palace Hotel, the second is further up on Leme Beach (Beat 98 Radio hits), another playing Pop/Rock music in front of Rua Santa Clara and the fourth stage will be located near Rua Xavier da Silveira (playing 70s & 80s Brazilian music).

The live music on each stage follows the DJs and continues until 11:45pm. This year the theme will be Bahian Samba music.

At the conclusion of the midnight fireworks show, live music will resume on the four stages along the beach and continue until 3am!

** 12/30/10 - Update for final show times **

Stage Brazil - in front of the Copacabana Palace - famous entertainers & start times:

  • 17:45 - DJ MAM
  • 6:45pm - Samba Grande Dame Alcione
  • 8:15pm - Samba Pop Star Daniela Mercury
  • 12:16am - Samba Legend Zeca Pagodinho
  • 2:00am - Samba School Show- Rio Grande
  • 2:33am - Samba School Show - Unidos da Tijuca

Further down the beach in front of the Santa Clara Street:

  • 6:10pm - Fine Collective Sound
  • 7:10pm - DJ Dôdô Azevedo
  • 8:20pm - Sandra de Sá live concert
  • 10:25pm - Cordão do Bola Preta Live concert
  • 12:16am - Cordão do Bola Preta resumes live concert
  • 1:50am - Resident DJ
  • 2:00am - Samba School Show - Beija Flor
  • 2:33am - Samba School Show - Vila Isabel

The "Hi FM" Stage near Rua Xavier da Silveira

  • 18:00 - Dj Yuri Almeida
  • 20:30 - DJ Mauricio Valadares
  • 22:00 - MC Marcelo Silva - Conexões Urbanas (Urban Connections)
  • 22:25 - DJ Maurício Valadares
  • 00:16 - Dj Marcelinho da Lua

Beat 98 (Leme Beach)

  • 18:00 - Grupo Toda Hora (Every Time Group )
  • 19:30 - Dj Dado
  • 20:00 - Grupo Styllo
  • 21:20 - DJ Daniel das Micaretas
  • 22:25 - Herbert Levy
  • 00:20 - Grupo Samba Pra gente (Samba for The People live)
  • 01:30 – DJ Brinquinho

This year, the official logo of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics will be unveiled at 11:45pm and presented in a hi-tech laser show production for 10 minutes.

There will be a "blackout" for a few minutes and then, at midnight, the amazing fireworks show begins. For the next 20 minutes a continuous series of pyrotechnics will be launched from several barges moored in the ocean just off Copacabana Beach. The fireworks production will be be divided into several themes: "Welcome the Golden Decade", "Natural Riches", "People United", "Celebration of Life", "Carioca Friendship", "Peace in the World" , "Contagious Energy", "The Future is Blue" , "Apotheosis of Love" and "Brazilian Watercolor".

2009 / 2010 New Year's Eve Fireworks Video
Copacabana Beach , in Rio de Janeiro Brazil !

Réveillon Copacabana - photo courtesy of Danilo Schinke

The highlight of the evening every year is the fantastic fireworks show at midnight on Copacabana Beach. Several large barges, anchored in the water off the beach, create a world class fireworks show that lasts about 20 minutes.

It's a tradition for Cariocas (Rio residents) to dress in white, complimented by colored accessories: green for health, red for romance, yellow for good fortune, etc. Dressing in black or using black accessories is considered to bring bad luck.

It's also a tradition to bring offerings of flowers, candles, and other small tokens to honor Yemanja, the deity of the seas of the Afro-Brazilian Candomble religion. Street vendors sell flowers which are tossed into the sea by both Cariocas and tourists alike.

Réveillon Copacabana - photo courtesy of Danilo Schinke

To keep the New Year's Eve celebration safe and orderly, the city of Rio de Janeiro hires upwards of 15,000 police and security personnel to patrol Copacabana Beach. It's still a good idea to leave jewelry and larger sums of cash in the hotel safe and to keep your camera secured and out of sight until you need to use it. Take the time to visit our safety tips and photo tips pages.

In years past, there have been DJs entertaining large crowds on Ipanema Beach with electronica and other hip music. Due to unruly crowds and vandalism that occurred during New Year's Eve 2009, the affluent residents of Ipanema have canceled these entertainment activities for 2010.

The Christmas - New Year's Eve holiday season is a very festive time in Brazil. For an unforgettable vacation, book a ten day trip to the Marvelous City (Cidade Maravilhosa) during this exciting time of the year!

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