Santas Around the World

See Santa's -- and his doppelgangers' -- amazing adventures around the globe. We found him water skiing in Virginia, swimming with dolphins in Japan and competing in the annual Winter Games in Sweden.

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Christmas in Salzburg, Austria
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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Santa Comes to Town

Santa Comes to Town

Every year the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade ends with Santa coming to a stop in front of the department store on 6th Ave, marking the beginning of the Christmas season in the Big Apple. Come explore some of the timeless traditions of Christmas in New York City. 960 1280

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Wollman Rink in Central Park

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Make the best of New York City's cold weather and enjoy ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park (on the east side between 62nd and 63rd Streets). 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

At the center of the iconic NYC skyline sits the Empire State Building. During the months of November and December, the top of the building is lit up with red and green lights to celebrate christmas. The first lighting each year coincides with the opening night for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 960 1280

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The Rockettes

The Rockettes

Speaking of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, don’t miss out on seeing the Rockettes’ show-stopping leg kick precision chorus line 5 days a week during the holidays at Radio City Music Hall.

 

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Started in 1933, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has become a timeless tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike. The tree is on average between 69 and 100 feet tall, and its lighting ceremony is accompanied with a live broadcast in early December. 960 1280

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5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

Shopping in NYC during the holidays can be a nightmare due to the tourist-packed streets. But there is definitely a redeeming quality to making the trek into the crowds: holiday window displays! Every year in mid-November, the biggest department stores in New York City create one-of-a-kind presentations of holiday-cheer in their exterior windows, usually with an original theme or throw-back to years past. (Shown here: one of Macy's Herald Square 2014 holiday window displays). 960 1280

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Gigantic Holiday Cheer

Gigantic Holiday Cheer

Giant ornaments are displayed annually during the holidays at different locations in NYC, including Rockefeller Center (across the street from Radio City Music Hall) on 6th Avenue. 960 1280

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Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

Open yearly from mid-November to Christmas Eve, the Union Square Holiday Market is the perfect place to get unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list. 960 1280
Sledding in the City

Sledding in the City

If weather trends stay on course for New York City, you'll want to prepare yourself for some major snow this holiday season. Take advantage of the wintery weather and join the fun at any of the dozen local parks for some sledding! Prospect Park in Brooklyn (pictured here) or Central Park in Manhattan are classic locations to enjoy some slip-sliding fun. 960 1280

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

For a look at what happens in the boroughs during the holidays, take a trip to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and tour their annual holiday decorations. The residents won’t label it a competition, but it’s hard not to see it that way when each new year brings bigger and brighter displays. 960 1280

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Alabama

Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights in Mobile, AL. 960 1280
Alaska

Alaska

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, AK. 960 1280
Arizona

Arizona

Mesa Arizona Temple Christmas Lights in Mesa, AZ. 960 1280
Arkansas

Arkansas

The state capital building in Little Rock, AR, at Christmas time. 960 1280

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California

California

Enjoy the 100-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Grove in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Colorado is full of beautiful buildings but perhaps none shines brighter than the Denver City County Building on Christmas. 960 1280

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Constitution Plaza is decked out for the holidays in Hartford, CT. 960 1280
District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Attend the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Delaware

Delaware

A curvy lit path leads to a cottage on a wooded lot in Ardentown, DE. 960 1280

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Florida

Florida

Mark and Kathy Hyatt celebrate the holidays with an outrageous display of holiday lights decorating their home in Fort Lauderdale, FL, known as the Hyatt House. 960 1280
Georgia

Georgia

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Georgia puts on quite a show for the holiday season. 960 1280
Hawaii

Hawaii

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy sits piered during the annual Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights in Hawaii. 960 1280

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Idaho

Idaho

Take in the holiday display outside the Idaho State Capital Building in Boise. 960 1280
Illinois

Illinois

Christmas lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. 960 1280
Indiana

Indiana

Drive through PeteyVille in Hammond for one of the best displays in all of Indiana. 960 1280
Iowa

Iowa

Leading up to the big tree in front of the Iowa State Capital Building, the Des Moines streets are lined with various Christmas decorations. 960 1280

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Kansas

Kansas

Dubbed "The Christmas City of the High Plains," WaKeeney, Kansas been celebrating Christmas in a big way since 1950. On the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, Santa Claus flips a switch lighting up a wonderland of over three miles of electrical wiring, 2,000 perimeter lights, a 35-foot pine Christmas tree and 1,400 pounds of fresh greenery. Photo courtesy of WaKeeney Travel & Tourism 960 1280

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Jefferson Square lights in Louisville, KY. 960 1280
Louisiana

Louisiana

Stop by the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for some of the best holiday lights in Louisiana. 960 1280
Maine

Maine

Check out the holiday displays at one of the many lighthouses in Maine, including the Nubble Lighthouse in York (pictured above). 960 1280
Maryland

Maryland

Baltimore, MD, recreates its very own 'Miracle on 34th Street' as neighbors decorate their homes in the quirky Hampden neighborhood. 960 1280

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Take in the holiday cheer at the Quincy Market in Boston. 960 1280
Michigan

Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. 960 1280
Minnesota

Minnesota

There’s no better place in Minnesota to celebrate the holidays than at Bentleyville "Tour of Lights." 960 1280
Mississippi

Mississippi

City Hall is lit up for the holidays in Meridian, MS. 960 1280

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Missouri

Missouri

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, always puts on a spectacular show, especially during the holiday season. 960 1280
Montana

Montana

The Anaconda ‘Christmas Stroll’ in Montana. 960 1280
Nebraska

Nebraska

The county courthouse in Kearney, NE. 960 1280

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Nevada

Nevada

A 7-story Christmas tree sits on display in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. 960 1280

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Stop by Enfield’s La Salette Shrine in New Hampshire to celebrate the holidays. 960 1280
New Jersey

New Jersey

Take in the festivities at the Holiday Light Show at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. 960 1280
New Mexico

New Mexico

Enjoy the luminarios and holiday lights at Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, NM.
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New York

New York

The bedazzled Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City is draped with 5 miles of LED lights and topped with a sparkling Swarovski crystal star. 960 1280
North Carolina

North Carolina

Take in the holidays at one of the most famous estates in the country, the Biltmore Manor in Asheville, NC. 960 1280
North Dakota

North Dakota

Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Fargo-Moorhead Holiday Parade in North Dakota. 960 1280
Ohio

Ohio

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Clifton Mill in Ohio. 960 1280

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Take a stroll down the Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City, OK, to enjoy the many holiday decorations. 960 1280

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Oregon

Oregon

There is no better place in Oregon to see holiday lights than Peacock Lane in Portland. 960 1280
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village near Bernville, PA, embodies the holiday spirit. 960 1280
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Spend Christmas at the Breakers in Newport, RI. 960 1280
South Carolina

South Carolina

Christmas time at Homeland Gardens in Aiken, SC. 960 1280
South Dakota

South Dakota

Several light-laced trees at Christmas at the Capital in Pierre, SD. 960 1280
Tennessee

Tennessee

Revisit classic Christmas scenes while exploring the Enchanted Garden of Lights in Chattanooga, TN. 960 1280
Texas

Texas

Christmas along the San Antonio riverwalk in Texas. 960 1280

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Utah

Utah

Temple Square Christmas Lights Celebration in Salt Lake City, UT. 960 1280
Vermont

Vermont

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. 960 1280
Virginia

Virginia

Part of the Tacky House Tour in Richmond, VA. 960 1280
Washington

Washington

Enjoy the lights at the world-famous Pike Place open-air market in Seattle. 960 1280
West Virginia

West Virginia

Drive by one of the many holiday-themed covered bridges in West Virginia. 960 1280

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, WI. 960 1280
Wyoming

Wyoming

Holiday lights decorate the antler arches on the Town Square of Jackson, WY. 960 1280

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