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Delighting in Holiday Light Shows around the World (25 Photos)

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Scenes of people getting into the holiday spirit, Christmas markets opening, festive lights adorning buildings and trees, light shows and holiday events taking place —all to make the most of the shorter winter days in the north, and to bring a little color, brightness, and wonder into the season.

BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: Two young visitors from Mozambique (L) and Ireland shoot a selfie in front of a giant Christmas tree at the annual Christmas market at Alexanderplatz on November 28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets are opening across Germany this week in a tradition that also attracts millions of foreign tourists. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
TETBURY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: A man looks at a illuminated face on a tree at the launch of Enchanted Christmas attraction at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury on November 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England. The popular annual attraction, which features illuminations and interactive features along the trail, will take place on long weekends from the 1 December until 18 December. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

 

A visitor interacts with the installation Celestial Shadows, which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in the city of La Cañada Flintridge, California, on November 21, 2017. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

People take a selfie at “Flower Power” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: A woman poses for a photo in a light tunnel during a preview for the Christmas at Kew event on November 21, 2017 in London, England. This is the fifth year of the light festival at Kew and is the longest trail to date. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

 

A general view shows the traditional Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: The Palm House at Kew Gardens is illuminated with a light show during a preview for the Christmas at Kew event on November 21, 2017 in London, England. This is the fifth year of the light festival at Kew and is the longest trail to date. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
A visitor interacts with the installation “Celestial Shadows” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

TETBURY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Visitors look at the illuminations at the launch of Enchanted Christmas attraction at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury on November 29, 2017 in Gloucestershire, England. The popular annual attraction, which features illuminations and interactive features along the trail, will take place on long weekends from the 1 December until 18 December. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
WINDSOR, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: An employee poses with a 20ft Nordmann Fir tree from Windsor Great Park in St George’s Hall which has been decorated for the Christmas period on November 23, 2017 in Windsor Castle, England. The Windsor Castle State Apartments are used by members of the Royal Family for hosting and events. Queen Elizabeth II resides at Windsor Castle most weekends and over the easter period and it is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

 

A visitor uses his mobile phone at “Flower Power” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

A general view shows a giant Christmas tree and the art deco glass dome in Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, France, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

 

The Champs Elysee Avenue are illuminated with the ferris wheel for the Christmas season, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
Pedestrians walk in front of the famous restaurant “Café Pushkin” decorated with festive lights for the upcoming holidays in Moscow on November 21, 2017.”Café Pushkin” was created in 1999 by restaurateur Andrey Dellos inspired by the popular French song “Natalie” by Gilbert Becaud. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

25 best christmas lights in the world
BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: Visitors walk among stalls selling mulled wine and food as an illuminated ferris wheel spins behind at the annual Christmas market at Alexanderplatz on November 28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets are opening across Germany this week in a tradition that also attracts millions of foreign tourists. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

An artist dressed as Ice Queen poses at the opening of the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, Germany, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

 

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

 

Visitors pose for a selfie in “Starlight Garden” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

Visitors walk through the installation “Garden of Good Fortune” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  best christmas light displays in usa

 

A staff walks through the annual year end illumination in Shiodome district , in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

 

A woman uses a mobile phone to take pictures of Christmas lights during a show of lights and songs to mark the start of the Christmas season at Marques de Larios street in downtown Malaga, southern Spain, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

 

Visitors walk through the installation “Ancient Forest” which is part of the exhibit “Enchanted: Forest of Light” at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

Young pedestrians run in a tunnel made of illuminated stars built for the forthcoming holiday season outside a shopping mall in Moscow on November 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: An illuminated ferris wheel turns next to a giant Christmas tree at the annual Christmas market at Alexanderplatz on November 28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets are opening across Germany this week in a tradition that also attracts millions of foreign tourists. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)