Lisbon, Portugal — People are drawn to a giant Christmas ball in Rossio Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Sena Goulao / EPALink
Gouda, Netherlands — The lights in the Christmas tree on the central square are switched on during the traditional candle-evening, while behind the windows of the houses and the town hall around the square hundreds of candles burn. Gouda is well known for its candle factory.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / EPALink
Tokyo — A young couple walk through a tunnel of LED lights during a Christmas illumination event at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franck Robichon / EPALink
Tokyo — Two women take pictures of themselves as they walk among holiday illuminations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EPALink
Medellin, Colombia — Two girls are mesmerized by Christmas lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS EDUARDO NORIEGA / EPALink
Brussels — An abstract light-installation Christmas tree illuminates the Grand Place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / Associated PressLink
New York — The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree makes a splashy appearance every year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathy Willens / Associated PressLink
Rio de Janeiro — Fireworks explode above a Christmas tree that appears to float.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated PressLink
Gayeong, South Korea — Illuminated trees decorate the Garden of Morning Calm.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
London — The London Eye looks particularly festive at this time of year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Richmond, Va. — A man looks at Frank Hudak's home, known as the "Christmas House," which is decorated with approximately 65,000 lights using about four miles of wiring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFPLink
Medellín, Columbia — People walk among illuminations along the Medellin river.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFPLink
Vilnius, Lithuania — Strollers walk beneath illuminated stars.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tokyo — Ever-transforming LED lights create a magical environment in the Shiodome.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFPLink
Paris — Christmas illuminations and vehicle lights decorate the Champs-Elysees.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images EuropeLink
London — A sales assistant adjusts lights on display at the Ideal Home Christmas Show.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images EuropeLink
London — London 2012 Olympic athletes officially illuminated the Christmas lights on Regent Street.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Pruchnie / Getty ImagesLink
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