How Travel Channel Fans Get in the Christmas Spirit

Explore festive sights around the world.

We’re two weeks out from Christmas but Travel Channel fans are already celebrating. From European markets to street decorations to famous holiday homes, take a look at our favorite #LiveTravelChannel Instagrams this week.

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Christmas Around the World

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Magic of Advent fair features more than 150 stands where shoppers can purchase Christmas gifts, decorations and warm drinks. 960 1280

DIETER NAGL  

Bath, England

Bath, England

In the center of Bath, 170 “chalets” offer holiday shoppers an array of typical British goods from mince pies to Christmas ornaments to toys.  960 1280

Paolo Ferla  

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden hosts Germany’s oldest Christmas market, which features crafts made by local artisans, toys and holiday treats, most notably, Dresdner Stollen, a traditional sweet bread stuffed with dried fruits.  960 1280

Sean Gallup  

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

In addition to traditional crafts and food, Tallinn’s picturesque Christmas market, in the Estonian capital’s center, features reindeer, a mini zoo and snow sculptures. 960 1280

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

Billing itself as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg is not to be missed during the holiday season. The Christkindlesmarik was established in 1571, the first market of its kind in Europe. Indulgent foods such as foie gras, locally brewed beer, and baked goods are signature items, as are traditional Alsatian handicrafts. 960 1280

The Image Gate  

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

An abundance of holiday items are on display at Stockholm’s Old Town Christmas Market. Specialties include smoked reindeer, elk meat, knitted hats and Glogg, a traditional hot, mulled wine. 960 1280

SVEN NACKSTRAND  

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

In Budapest, at the annual Christmas market on St. Stephen’s Square, you’ll find traditional crafts in wooden market stalls. The center of the market is home to a skating rink. 960 1280

ATTILA KISBENEDEK  

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

The market is one of many attractions that make up Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival in Princes Street Gardens. The Festival, which also includes games, rides and an ice rink, runs from mid-November until January 7 each year. 960 1280

Jeff J Mitchell  

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Christmas vendors take over Madrid’s Plaza Mayor from late November through December. The prime products pedaled are tiny clay figurines to set in the Christmas Belen (nativities). 960 1280

Denis Doyle  

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Christmas Market at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is a winter wonderland that includes 60 stalls selling holiday wares, as well as rides, games, music and more. Other markets in Copenhagen include this one in Hojbroplads. 960 1280

Francis Dean  

Kobe, Japan

Kobe, Japan

A tribute to the loss suffered in 1995’s Great Hanshen Earthquake, which left 6,000 dead and much of Kobe in darkness, the city’s annual Luminaire lights up for two weeks every December as a symbol of hope.  960 1280

Marser  

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

The last Friday of November, Madrid’s streets light up with overhead displays created by Spain’s best-known designers, architects and artists. The lighting installations vary from street to street.  960 1280

Gabriel Solera  

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

The proto-amusement park and fantasy gardens in Copenhagen’s center is a wonderland at Christmas when it fills with the holiday market and special lighting. Tivoli's Moorish Palace shines with Christmas decorations. 960 1280

Atlantide Phototravel  

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

The giant illuminated Christmas tree in Freedom Square is the centerpiece of the holiday lighting displays in Tbilisi’s town center. Overhead lights adorn numerous streets throughout the area, most notably Rustaveli Avenue.  960 1280

VANO SHLAMOV  

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Thousands of visitors flood Rockefeller Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting which is televised for an audience of millions. The tree and the surrounding area, including the world-famous ice rink, remain lit 5:30 p.m. to midnight until January 7. 960 1280

STAN HONDA  

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Christmas lights in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square are a draw for holiday visitors beginning December 5. The spectacular light show illuminates the square in an array of shifting colors. 960 1280

VALERY HACHE  

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines

Running from November through early January, Manilla’s annual Festival of Lights illuminates the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. The light and sound show, which has a new theme each year, runs every thirty minutes between 6 and 10 p.m. 960 1280

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Beginning December 7, which is known as the Night of the Candles, Medellin, Colombia lights up with holiday displays. The Medellin River area is the most elaborately decorated--and visited--light display area in the country.  960 1280

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

One of the most popular features of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival, which runs between November 27 and December 25 each year, are the colorful, dynamic and illuminated images projected onto Melbourne Town Hall between 9 and 10:45 p.m. nightly.  960 1280

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Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Dubbed “Miracle on 34th Street,” the over-the-top lighting displays along a row of houses on 34th Street in Baltimore’s Hamden neighborhood draw crowds of spectators each December.  960 1280

MLADEN ANTONOV  

Hawaii

Hawaii

Christmas Day in Hawaii usually means a large meal and a trip to the beach, where entertainers including ukulele players and hula dancers perform for holiday crowds. Of course, Santa himself, prefers Hawaiian garb, as well. 960 1280

JEWEL SAMAD  

Australia

Australia

Forget mittens and sleds. Australia’s Father Christmas is most likely to bring towels, boogie boards and flipflops. After the traditional Christmas lunch, Aussies head to the beach, like Sydney’s Bondi Beach shown here, to kick off summer holidays. 960 1280

PETER PARKS  

The Bahamas

The Bahamas

Between December 25 and January 1, Bahamians celebrate Junkanoo, a carnival-like festival in which masked and costumed dancers parade through the streets. 960 1280

Richard Ellis  

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil’s warm weather may seem at odds with the traditional snowflake and Christmas tree decor that’s popular in the area. Here a reveler paddle boards past the world’s largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.  960 1280

YASUYOSHI CHIBA  

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Christmas morning in Ethiopia begins with celebrants attending church dressed in white. There, priests perform Christmas rituals that include playing drums. 960 1280

Anadolu Agency  

Colombia

Colombia

The Day of the Candles, celebrated on the night of December 7, marks the evening of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Colombia, as well as the beginning of the country’s Christmas holidays.  960 1280

AFP  

New Zealand

New Zealand

In New Zealand, the Pohutukawa stands in for the Christmas tree.  960 1280

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The Phillipines

The Phillipines

Filipinos celebrate the holidays with paper lanterns which are displayed on houses, office buildings and on streets. Tradition has it that the lanterns represent the victory of light over darkness.  960 1280

NOEL CELIS  

El Salvador

El Salvador

Many Latin American countries, including El Salvador, celebrate Christmas with pastorelas, plays that are similar to Christmas pageants, in which performers, often children, act out of biblical passages.  960 1280

AFP  

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Thousands of people attend San Jose’s annual Festival of Light parade in the Costa Rican capital. The parade features elaborate floats as well as costumed musicians and dancers.  960 1280

YURI CORTEZ  

Miami

Miami

Christmas in Miami includes the occasional Christmas Palm. 960 1280

Joe Raedle  

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