Christmas Crazy

Go "Christmas Crazy" with a German-style market, a gingerbread house competition and the brightest light displays, plus the coolest ice sculptures and the most extreme Santas on Earth.

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Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Travel to Vienna, Austria, to explore the Wiener Christkinlmarkt. This traditional Christmas market, located in City Hall Square, has 145 stalls selling spiced wine, gingerbread, unique arts and crafts and much more.
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Wiener Christkindlmarkt  

Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival

Christmas Mariachi Festival
Mariachi bands heat things up in Phoenix, AZ, during the holidays. This annual festival features the best, well-known mariachi singers and bands from Latin America, including Jose Feliciano and Vikki Carr.
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Christmas Mariachi Festival  

Miami's White Party Week

Miami's White Party Week

White Party Week
Experience the Miami Beach lifestyle, and enjoy good food and drink during 6 days of all-male and all-female parties, including the Women’s White Party Weekend. Party-goers spend money that goes to Care Resource, a organization that funds multiple HIV/AIDS programs.
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R. Davis, Care Resource  

Chicago's Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Chicago's Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights
If you’re visiting Chicago during the holidays, check out this illuminated festival. It’s known for its holiday-inspired store window displays, and its star-studded Disney procession on opening day. Be sure to get a front row seat to see the parade, live music and fireworks.
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Stanley Wlodkowski  

Catalan Christmas Fair

Catalan Christmas Fair

Catalan Christmas Fair
This fair, held outside of the Barcelona Cathedral, has 300 stalls selling seasonal goods, including Catalan nativity figures, mistletoe, Christmas trees and delicious treats like Christmas biscuits.
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Catalan Christmas Fair  

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West Shoe Drop

Key West Sushi Drop
Celebrate your New Year’s Eve in Key West, watching a campy, extravagantly dressed drag queen being lowered from the Bourbon Street Pub, in a large, red, high-heel shoe. Once the drag queen has dropped, ring in the New Year at the fabulous block party.
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Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
It’s 1 of the largest ice festivals in the world, and it attracts 1,000s of people to Northeastern China, to see snow carvings, ice sculptures, fireworks. There’s also skiing, ice sliding and swimming, for those who can take the chilly, subzero dip in the Songhua River.
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Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas
This annual event in London has the UK’s leading chefs demonstrate their techniques for holiday food preparation. There are also special tasting workshops for wine, cheese and chocolate.
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Taste of Christmas  

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma

Melbourne's Midsumma
This annual LGBT arts and culture festival celebrates queer arts with exhibitions, musical and theater performances, live bands, picnics, dance parties and sporting events.
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Vivian Ward  

New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach

Rio’s Copacabana Beach
Spend New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach, Brazil’s 2nd largest event outside of Carnival. Dance to live DJs, sip champagne at midnight, celebrate African traditions, watch fireworks and don't forget to wear white. Brazilians believe it symbolizes good luck.
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GFest/Gaywise Festival

GFest/Gaywise Festival

Gaywise Festival
GFest, organized by Wise Thoughts, is London’s annual arts festival, featuring leading and upcoming LGBT and queer artists. It includes musical performances, dance, visual arts, theater, LGBT short films, debates, workshops and parties.
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Santhosh Chandran/Stoo Iresen  

Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Amsterdam's Pink Christmas

Pink Christmas
Hit the ice skating rink donned in gay apparel. Amsterdam’s Pink Christmas festival is a special holiday celebration for the LGBT community. Some of the events and activities include ice skating at Rembradtplein, a catwalk fashion show on Zeedijk Street and discounts at local gay bars and shops.
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ProGay  

Christmas tree in Waitangi Park in Wellington, New Zealand

Christmas tree in Waitangi Park in Wellington, New Zealand

Is it just us or is this Christmas tree in Waitangi Park in Wellington, New Zealand, one of the tallest displays you've even seen? 960 1280

Aidan on flickr  

Holiday display on 34th street in Baltimore

Holiday display on 34th street in Baltimore

The Grinch, Frosty and some toy soldiers are all celebrating the holidays on 34th Street in Baltimore. 960 1280

Kathleen Conklin, flickr  

Christmas Light Tour in VA

Christmas Light Tour in VA

Is there even a house under all that? 960 1280

Katie Dwyer  

San Antonio Texas Riverwalk

San Antonio Texas Riverwalk

Make your spirits bright with a walk down the San Antonio Riverwalk. 960 1280

Rod Eubanks, flickr  

decorations at London's Peter Jones store

decorations at London's Peter Jones store

Get a bird's-eye view of the decorations at London's Peter Jones store. 960 1280

Monica Arellano-Ongpin, flickr  

Holiday lights in San Carlos, CA

Holiday lights in San Carlos, CA

This house in San Carlos, CA, has got to have a huge electric bill. 960 1280

Ed Bierman, flickr  

Christmas Tree in Union Square San Francisco

Christmas Tree in Union Square San Francisco

A beautiful Christmas tree towers over the Macy's store in San Francisco's Union Square. 960 1280

Jenny Pascual  

Christmas display on Orchard Road in Singapore

Christmas display on Orchard Road in Singapore

This Christmas display on Orchard Road in Singapore sends out holiday wishes to all. 960 1280

Eustaquio Santimano, flickr  

Kermit and Miss Piggy holiday display

Kermit and Miss Piggy holiday display

Here's one thing that Kermit and Miss Piggy agree on: Christmas rules on Alameda Island's Christmas Tree Lane. 960 1280

  

Christmas display at mid valley

Christmas display at mid valley

It's a candy wonderland! 960 1280

Shirley, flickr  

Trees lit up at the Lincoln Zoo in Chicago

Trees lit up at the Lincoln Zoo in Chicago

The trees of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago are illuminated with a rainbow of colors. 960 1280

  

Christmas in Knightsbridge

Christmas in Knightsbridge

That is one big tree for a balcony. Guess that's how they celebrate Christmas in Knightsbridge! 960 1280

gorfor, flickr  

Holiday decorations in Bucharest, Romania

Holiday decorations in Bucharest, Romania

Holiday decorations in Bucharest ... we are sensing a trend with Christmas trees on balconies and roofs. 960 1280

Nicu Buculei, flickr  

Detailed Christmas decorations

Detailed Christmas decorations

Santa, his reindeer and elves make a pit stop at this house. 960 1280

Casey Fleser, flickr  

Santa roof decoration

Santa roof decoration

After a little rest, Santa and the gang are off again. Rudolph leads the way with his shiny nose. 960 1280

Ed Bierman, flickr  

Steve Di Schiavi's decorated house

Steve Di Schiavi's decorated house

The Dead Files' detective Steve Di Schiavi shares his decorated house with us. 960 1280

  

Decorated house in Wilmington DE

Decorated house in Wilmington DE

Here's another house that must have a high electric bill. Hope power is cheap in Wilmington, DE. 960 1280

Allee Sangiolo  

light up house in VA

light up house in VA

Wait, wait, you missed a spot. Get some more lights out here! 960 1280

Katie Dwyer  

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate the sky over the Erasmus Bridge crossing the Nieuwe Maas River in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands.. 960 1280

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Berlin

Berlin

An explosion of fireworks light up the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate during a New Year's Eve party in Berlin. 960 1280

Reuters/Tobias Schwarz  

New York City

New York City

At NYC’s Times Square, confetti rains down on thousands of revelers celebrate the beginning of a new year at the stroke of midnight. 960 1280

Reuters/ Kena Betancur   

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

People stroll down the Silvesterpfad aka New Year’s Eve Trail at Stephansplatz during New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna. 960 1280

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Sydney

Sydney

Fireworks explode above the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Thousands of people lined the harbor to watch the country's biggest fireworks show. 960 1280

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Toronto

Toronto

Spectators can watch the fireworks explode over Toronto's waterfront, one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the world. 960 1280

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Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, NY

People converge on the streets in Binghamton, NY, to ring in the New Year at the Annual First Night Parade. 960 1280

Image by JDanvers through Creative Commons License  

Scotland

Scotland

Two New Year revelers kiss as they take part in the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh's 4-day festival includes a torchlight procession, street party, resolution concert and more. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. More than 2 million people gather along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 15-minute fireworks display and celebrate the New Year. 960 1280

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Egypt

Egypt

Thousands of people flock to an amazing concert held in front of the 4,500-year-old pyramids in Egypt. A popular artist uses his techno-wizardry to entertain spectators from sunset to sunrise at the Millennium New Year's celebration. 960 1280

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Revellers take part in New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square. 960 1280

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London

London

Fireworks explode behind The Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Thousands of revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees in Paris. 960 1280

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Prague

Prague

Local residents and foreign tourists celebrate New Year's Eve at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral at Red Square during New Year's Day celebrations in Moscow. 960 1280

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