This week in photos brings a Thanksgiving-sized helping of snapshots from the past two weeks of holiday celebrations.
A tourism employee dresses as the Pied Piper and leads local children dressed as rats through a street in Hameln, Germany. This December the collection of Brothers Grimm fairytales, of which the Pied Piper story belongs to, will celebrate its 200th anniversary.
Albanian women pose with paper moustaches during a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Albanian Declaration of Independence. People wore fake moustaches at the event to resemble the declaration’s signees.
President Obama shares a moment with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. The turkey named Cobbler and its companion, Gobbler, will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia.
Ethnic Miao people dressed in traditional clothing perform during a ceremony for the Miao’s New Year’s Day and Guzang Festival in Leishan county, China. The Miao people commemorate their ancestors during the Guzang festival that occurs once every 13 years.
The Winter Wonderland fun fair opened in London’s Hyde Park last Friday. The festive fair features several attractions including a “Magical Ice Kingdom” and a 200-foot-high ferris wheel.
Three generations of the Reutsky family throw snowballs in their swim trunks after swimming in the Yenisei River with the other members of the “Cryophil” winter swimming club in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
The 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar not only celebrates film, but education, family, and community. On Family Day children are invited to express themselves and explore animation, dance, music, film, and more.
Tony Romo, #9 of the Dallas Cowboys, looks for an open receiver under pressure from Chris Baker, #92 of the Washington Redskins, at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Redskins beat the Cowboys on this Thanksgiving Day game.
Migratory birds fly above as a man rows his boat on the Yamuna River in Delhi.
Performers do a pole dancing routine for street passersby to promote the Miss Pole Dance South America 2012 competition.
Bargain hunters make their purchases during the Black Thursday sale at Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square. The store got a head start on the traditional Black Friday sales by opening their doors at 8pm on Thanksgiving night.
The Toronto Argonauts celebrate their victory of the 100th CFL Grey Cup Championship football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Toronto.
Christmas lights illuminate Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.
Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal steals the ball during the UEFA Champion’s League group B match between Arsenal FC and Montpellier Herault SC at Emirates Stadium in London.
A man washes carrots at a ranch near the city of Thula located in Amran governorate, Yemen.
The LA Derby Dolls and the New York Gotham Girls compete during the Roller Derby Xtreme in Melbourne.
Flood waters immerse houses in North Wales after a torrential overnight rain in St Asaph. Residents in up to 500 homes in St Asaph were urged to evacuate as flood waters continued to rise.
Members of the Household Cavalry show Queen Elizabeth II a horse during her visit at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, England.
PSY performs his pop hit “Gangnam Style” with special guest MC Hammer during the 40th American Music Awards in LA.
Guests attend a wine tasting in the cellar of Hotel Dieu before the 152nd Hospices de Beaune 2012 Burgundy Wine Auction in Beaune. Every year the glitzy event attracts wine lovers, exporters, and many celebrities.
First lady Michelle Obama, along with Malia, Sasha, and family dog, Bo, receive the 2012 White House Christmas tree. The 19-foot-Fraser-Fir tree comes from Jefferson, NC.
The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual Lighting ceremony in NYC.