My favourite things about spending the Christmas holidays in Brazil

Happy holidays everyone! ✨

I am not currently in Brazil, and in fact I was there about three years ago, but I thought that since this post is going up on Christmas Day, I’d post a few memories from the year when me and my family went to Fortaleza, in the North-East of Brazil, to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. As Europeans, it felt quite strange to spend a usually “cold” holiday season in the Southern hemisphere, and here are the things that I loved the most about it!

Leaving the cold weather of Austria

At the time, I was leaving in Vienna and it was really cold and the days were very short. This holiday was the perfect break from the freezing temperatures of Austria, even though it didn’t feel particularly festive in the way that I’m used to, as I remember seeing some reindeer decorations in the sand and thinking how odd it was!  

Spending New Years on the beach

In Brazil, everyone wears white to celebrate the New Year. After a delicious dinner with our most fancy white dresses, we went to the beach and watched the fireworks all around us. There was music and, obviously, a lot of dancing, and there’s just something about starting the new year by the sea, that makes it so special!

Amazingly sweet fresh fruits

Well, this is not so much about Christmas and holidays as it is about Brazil as a whole. I am not a big fan of fruit in general, but there, they were all so sweet and amazingly good that I couldn’t wait to start my day with a fresh slice of pineapple, mango or papaya. Also, we were basically sipping coconut water straight from coconuts almost every day, which gives an instant holiday feel!

Delicious food

While we were in Brazil, we also tried some local specialties and more traditional recipes, and I was amazed by how delicious everything was. From the sweet brigadeiros (chocolate truffles), the cheesy pão de queijo or the farofa (toasted cassava flour), we were discovering new dishes and flavours every day, and if this is not the perfect way to end the year – or start a new one – I don’t know what is!

Stunning landscapes

Brazil is a vast country with a huge variety of landscapes. We were in the Nordeste (North East) area, in a coastal city, so the landscape was mostly made of sand dunes and beautiful beaches overlooking the ocean. One of the most memorable ones is the Morro Branco beach, with its colourful labyrinth of sand cliffs. They appear red and orange from afar, but if you look up close, you’ll see that they are actually made of white, yellow, orange, red and black sand. The contrast of these colours with the blue of the ocean is unforgettable!

Brazilian markets and small shops

When we were closer to the city of Fortaleza, we loved going to the market and browsing all the stuff they had there. Brazilian fashion in general is quite unique and a bit more “extra” than what you’d find in Europe, so it was perfect to buy beautiful handmade dresses or huge and colourful earrings as a souvenir!

Quad tour and surfing in the dunes

One day, we booked a quad tour of the area. First, it took us to a traditional market where we could see traditional lace makers creating beautiful and intricate pieces. Then, our guide took us to the nearby sand dunes, where we explored the area, stopping here and there to surf on the sand or swim in beautiful lakes and oasis. The dunes being quite bumpy, it almost felt like we were on a ride in an amusement park!

Truly relaxing and enjoying the time off

Of course, the warm climate and stunning beaches are perfect to relax and enjoy a holiday in the sun, but there is also something quite nice about being away during the festive season, which can often be pretty stressful. I was with part of my family so we could still spend time together, but without the extra drama and complications of extended family. This obviously means that I didn’t see all of my family, but it also made for way less hectic holidays, which I greatly appreciated!

It is always amazing to discover new cultures and new places, and to see how they celebrate the holidays in different parts of the world, and this was definitely a change of scenery from what I am used to! While it didn’t feel as festive as, say, the Christmas markets of Vienna, I felt like there was a more relaxed stated of mind, and I loved everything about it. Plus, spending a few days in a warmer climate is a fantastic way to spend the holidays when you live in a colder country!

Have you ever spent the end-of-year holidays in a different hemisphere? What were your impressions?


I also wanted to wish all of you happy holidays, and even though this festive season might be hard for some, I hope you are all well, spending time with loved ones, doing things that you love or just eating delicious food!

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Responses to “My favourite things about spending the Christmas holidays in Brazil”

  1. Happy Panda Avatar

    Wow! Sounds like fun to ring in the new year at the beach!! The Brazilian markets sound idyllic.
    I just spent Christmas with my friend and we made plans to spend the next one somewhere in Europe (where it snows) just to experience a white Christmas. Hopefully we remember this plan closer to Christmas next year. 🙂

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Yes, it really was a dreamy holiday, even though it didn’t feel very Christmassy ahah!
      I hope you’ll get to have a white Christmas next year!!


  2. Rebecca Avatar

    I only got a taste of Brazil during my most-recent trip abroad, but that little taste really showcased the beauty of the country! Looks like you had a wonderfully-warm time in Brazil, and I agree that tropical fruits like pineapple and mango (the latter being my favorite) just hits differently overseas. Wishing you and your family/loved ones a happy holidays!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Thank you so much! The fruits in that part of the world really are something else! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

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  3. Travels Through My Lens Avatar

    Looks lovely! Merry Christmas Juliette!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      It really was a wonderful holiday! Thank you and happy holidays ti you too!

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  4. Pooja G Avatar

    Brazil seems lovely and I’m glad you had a good time there! I think it’s odd for people who are used to having a cold winter to be in a warm place but for me it was the other way around when I spent my Christmases in Canada after spending them in Kenya my whole life!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Ahah yes I understand! Spending Christmas in Canada after years of Kenya must be quite odd! Did you feel like ot was more ”christmassy” though?


  5. leightontravels Avatar

    Sounds like some pretty damn good reasons Juliette. Brazil is a country we’d love to do one day, Merry Christmas!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      I hope you get to visit Brazil one day, and I know I’d love to go back and explore more regions too! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      It was amazing!


  6. AndysWorldJourneys Avatar

    there is something wonderful about the Rio Vibe without a doubt! Have a wonderful festive season Juliette!

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      Absolutely! The mindset and lifestyle seem very different from what I am used too as well! Thanks for stopping by!


  7. Lashaan Balasingam @ Roars and Echoes Avatar

    I find it so weird yet awesome to see how places around the world without snow during this time of the year celebrate Christmas hahaha It must indeed be fun to discover all that though. Thanks for sharing, Juliette! 😀

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    1. Juliette Avatar

      I can only say that it really felt a bit odd at times, mainly when we were reminded that it was actually Christmas and not a usual summer holiday! Happy New Year Lashaan!

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  8. Esha Avatar

    I have always been curious about spending christmas and new year in summer. Normally we associate winter with these festivals haha. Looks like it was quite an enjoyable time for you.

    BTW, have you heard of summer Santa? I have an Australian friend who familiarized me with this concept and it’s cool 😎

    Happy new year!


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