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Christmas Celebrations Around the World

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Pack up the sleigh and wrap yourself in your coziest scarf. Here’s a photo tour of 10 Christmas celebrations around the world, from citywide parties to cheery holiday markets.

Seoul, South Korea

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A tree twinkles with lights in South Korea, where Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays.

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London, England

 leadenhall market in london with christmas decoration. victorian arcade of the market, built 19th century london
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A Christmas tree sits in London’s Leadenhall Market, one of the oldest markets in the city.

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Rovaniemi, Finland

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Reindeer pull sleighs in Rovaniemi, Finland’s capital of Lapland.

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Strasbourg, France

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Streets and facades of houses are traditionally decorated with toys and teddy bears for Christmas in medieval city of Strasbourg.

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Orlando, Florida

Toy soldiers parade down main street, u.s.a., at magic kingdom during “mickey’s once upon a christmastime parade.”
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Each year, Disney World decks out its castle and Main Street in Christmas finery. Special parades, live stage shows, and more mark the Christmas season.

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New York City

hundreds of costumed revelers filled times square to muster for the 17th annual santacon pub crawl
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During New York’s SantaCon, you’ll see Kris Kringle everywhere you look.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fireworks erupt during the inauguration of the Christmas tree of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ban Tha Rae, Thailand

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Tha Rae in northeastern Thailand hosts a yearly multi-day Christmas Parade Festival, featuring performances and parades.

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Paris, France

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In the City of Light, les cadeaux are suspended above Galeries Lafayette.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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