Lights, trees and holiday cheer from around the world.
Tourists from Japan look at Christmas decorations on a stall at the opening day of Germany’s oldest Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) in Nuremberg, Germany, November 29, 2013. Every year, Germany’s traditional markets, such as the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt in medieval Nuremberg, draw millions of visitors, both local and foreign.
A woman takes a picture of herself with part of the Christmas illumination of the main shopping mall Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin, December 1, 2013.
People take part in a traditional Christmas walk known as “Posada” in San Joaquin de Flores, north of San Jose, December 7, 2013. The event consists of touring homes decorated with Christmas lights and stalls selling traditional Costa Rican food.
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A young boy is reflected in the water of a fountain as he runs by a Ferris wheel on the place Massena as part of Christmas holiday season illuminations in Nice, France, December 11, 2013.
People sit inside a giant Christmas ball as part of Christmas holiday season decorations in Nice, France, December 5, 2013.
People walk under light decorations during the annual illumination of Christmas lights at Krakowskie Przedmiescie street, part of the historical Trakt Krolewski (The Royal Route), in Warsaw, December 7, 2013.
Vendors prepare food at the Budapest Christmas Fair at Vorosmarty square in downtown Budapest, Hungary, December 11, 2013.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama meets with the children of U.S. military service members at the unveiling of the Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, December 4, 2013.
A 22-year-old, 11-meter tall fir tree is cut down in Burgundy, France, to be displayed at the Elysee Palace for the Christmas holiday season, November 21, 2013.
People walk past an illuminated boat, which is part of this year’s Christmas decorations, at Syntagma (Constitution) square in central Athens, December 11, 2013. The boat is the centerpiece of this year’s Christmas light-up, instead of the usual Christmas tree.
A girl walks past a stall selling Christmas decorations in downtown San Salvador, Mexico, December 4, 2013.
A woman and her son pose next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a traditional Christmas walk known as “Posada” in San Joaquin de Flores, north of San Jose, December 7, 2013.
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People skate on a rink set up for Christmas activities at Lower Manhattan in New York, December 7, 2013.
A stand in an advent market is pictured in Vienna, November 25, 2013.
People visit a Christmas market in downtown Budapest, December 11, 2013.
Eric Marshall poses for a photograph after switching on his Christmas lights for the first time this year on his house in Bagby, northern England, December 2, 2013. Eric spends three weeks each year setting up the display, which runs throughout December to the 12th night, and raises funds for the local church.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is pictured behind an advent market in Vienna, December 1, 2013.
Teresa Treuheit, dressed as a gold-foiled Christ Child, recites the traditional prologue for the opening ceremony of Germany’s oldest Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) in Nuremberg, Germany, November 29, 2013.
Christmas decorations are displayed at a stall in downtown San Salvador, Mexico, December 4, 2013.
Traffic moves along under the Oxford Street Christmas lights after they were switched on in central London, November 12, 2013.