Christmas Around the World

From Finland's Santa Claus Village to Australia's Bondi Beach party, see how other countries celebrate Christmas.

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The Ice Kingdom at Chill
The Ice Kingdom at Chill

The Ice Kingdom at Chill

A Travel Channel ice sculpture sits on display at The Ice Kingdom at Chill attraction by the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The Dome that houses the Ice Kingdom in winter is the original home of Howard Hughes’ mammoth airplane, The Spruce Goose. Dress warmly for Chill: it’s freezing! 960 1280

  

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade lights up the streets in Sunnyside, WA. The Parade preserves the tradition of a rural Christmas celebration and promotes the agricultural heritage of the Yakima Valley. 960 1280

  

Newport Beach Boat Parade of Lights

Newport Beach Boat Parade of Lights

Boats display their lights at the Newport Beach Boat Parade of Lights in Newport Beach, CA. In 1908, small group of boats and rafts formed the first parade, modeled after the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

  

The Tacky Lights Tour in Richmond, VA

The Tacky Lights Tour in Richmond, VA

The Tacky Lights Tour in Richmond, VA, started as a joke in 1985, but now Winn Transportation takes 30,000 visitors house to house each year. 960 1280

  

Canine Christmas Costume Contest

Canine Christmas Costume Contest

A contestant struts his stuff in the Canine Christmas Costume Contest in Conway, SC. In addition to Best Holiday Costume, participants compete for other prizes such as Best Kisser, Best Trick and Dog Owner Look-a-Like. 960 1280

  

Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

A tubing slide inside the Chill ice sculpture attraction at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, attracts fun-lovers of all ages. 960 1280

  

Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA

At Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA, the largest tree maze in the world is made up of 2,000 unused and unsold Christmas trees. At a mile long, the maze takes about 30 minutes to complete … if you can find the way out. 960 1280

  

Elf Party in San Francisco

Elf Party in San Francisco

The annual Elf Party in San Francisco started in 2002, when 2 college friends threw an elf-attire party for 16 people. Now, over 1,500 revelers converge upon The Regency Ballroom for a holiday dance party. Costumes are strongly encouraged! 960 1280

  

The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, FL, are joined by Santa for their completely underwater Christmas show. 960 1280

  

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Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Plaza

Thousands of people converge on Rockefeller Plaza to visit and snap photos of the awe-inspiring beauty of this 80-foot-tall Christmas tree, meticulously decorated with 45,000 LED lights. 960 1280

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Sixth Avenue Decorations

Sixth Avenue Decorations

See New York City come alive with holiday spirit and go Christmas crazy with some of the biggest and brightest light displays, including this one on Sixth Avenue. 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

From high above, Manhattan’s skyline glows even brighter with the Empire State Building shining bright with red and green lights. 960 1280

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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Kick off your NYC holiday tour here! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Rockettes 86th anniversary than to see the women kick up their heels at their annual Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. 960 1280

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Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's

Located at 1000 3rd Avenue, on the Upper East Side, Bloomingdale’s department store chooses classic white lights to illuminate their storefront during the holidays. 960 1280

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Macy's Believe Campaign

Macy's Believe Campaign

As part of its 6th annual “Believe” campaign, Macy’s is encouraging kids all across the country to drop off a letter to Santa at their local Macy’s Santa mailbox. For each stamped letter dropped in the letterbox through Christmas Eve, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to help grant wishes to children who have life-threatening diseases. 960 1280

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Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

The squares and streets of Salzburg, Austria, come alive with the sound of Christmas music during the festive holiday season. In Cathedral and Residence squares, you’ll find stalls, shops and street performers. 960 1280

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Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

Christmas in Salzburg, Austria

The musical town of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, celebrates the Christmas season with plenty of music and carols amid the festive holiday shopping. 960 1280

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Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

With 7 separate Christmas markets, the Cologne Christmas Market, nestled amid the town's landmark cathedral and Old Town Hall, attracts 2 million visitors annually. 960 1280

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Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market

The Cologne Christmas Market showcases 160 wooden stalls, helmed by merchants selling wares such as classic holiday ornaments, wooden decorations and children's toys, as well as plenty of snacks and warm, spiced wine. 960 1280

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Prague's Old Town Square

Prague's Old Town Square

Prague's Old Town Square is home to the city’s annual Christmas market, complete with an illuminated tree -- the centerpiece of plenty of holiday cheer that runs from late November through the first days of the New Year. 960 1280

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Prague Christmas

Prague Christmas

Prague's wooden stalls bring Bohemian crystal, wooden toys and tasty food to the masses, plus the chance to pet a few live animals like these hungry llamas. 960 1280

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Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt

Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt

Dresden's Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt, has been a holiday tradition since 1434, making it Germany's oldest Christmas fair. Check out market’s centerpiece attraction -- the world's tallest Christmas candle pyramid, more than 45 feet tall. 960 1280

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Dresden's Christmas market

Dresden's Christmas market

You’ll find shopping galore at Dresden's Christmas market, with holiday decorations, toys and unique handicrafts in the city's historic district. 960 1280

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Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt is a grand affair that beckons nearly 2 million visitors annually from around the world, many of them children ready to enjoy the festival rides and tasty snacks. 960 1280

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Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt takes place in the city’s Main Market Square. As one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, the event features some 180 booths selling Christmas goods such as mulled wine, spicy gingerbread and roast sausages. 960 1280

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Copenhagen Christmas at Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen Christmas at Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen hosts a Christmas market with a twist at the city's famous Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world. 960 1280
Christmas in Tivoli

Christmas in Tivoli

For a small fee, Christmas in Tivoli offers the classic market experience, combined with amusement park rides like swings and carousels, as well as live entertainment. 960 1280

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