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
A tree twinkles with lights in South Korea, where Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays.
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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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Reindeer pull sleighs in Rovaniemi, Finland’s capital of Lapland.
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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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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
During New York’s SantaCon, you’ll see Kris Kringle everywhere you look.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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
Tha Rae in northeastern Thailand hosts a yearly multi-day Christmas Parade Festival, featuring performances and parades.
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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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