Christmas Around The World
by Diana Soliwon,  October 22, 2015

Countries bring out their traditions and best world records with lights, ornaments and baked goods for the 2014 holiday season.




An Aymara indigenous woman carries her pet to a Christmas costume contest for dogs in El Alto, Bolivia, on Dec. 20.

Juan Karita/AP




An 83-foot, 70-year-old Christmas tree and a Nativity scene are lit in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Dec. 19.

Gregorio Borgia/AP




Visitors stroll through the Christmas-decorated Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Dec. 22. 

Ahn Young-joon/AP




A migrant wearing a Santa Claus costume sells balloons in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Dec. 20.

Petros Karadjias/AP




A tiger cub named Jangbori, left, and a lion cub named Dominjun wear Santa Claus caps at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, on Dec. 23.

Ahn Young-joon/AP





Choristers rehearse in St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Dec. 22. 

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP




Decorations on the GUM department store reflect on a wall of a skating rink in Moscow's Red Square on Dec. 23.

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP




Children of Dofteana, Romania, enter a subway station on their way to perform a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania, on Dec. 23. 

Vadim Ghirda/AP




A man dressed as Santa Claus drives his old Fiat 500 in the Piazza Venezia on Dec. 23 in Rome.

Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images




Visitors walk through Christmas lights at Tokyo Dome City on Dec. 6 in Tokyo.

Koji Sasahara/AP




Municipal workers walk along a fence surrounding a Christmas market at Red Square on Dec. 9 in Moscow. St. Basil's Cathedral is seen in the background.

Pavel Golovkin/AP




A woman takes pictures of Christmas trees as the sun goes down in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 8.

Matt Dunham/AP




People stroll along Rome's Via del Corso, the city's main shopping street, on Dec. 8.

Andrew Medichini/AP




A Christmas tree shines outside 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister's residence, on Dec. 8 in London.

Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images




The 2014 national Christmas tree stands near the White House during the lighting ceremony on Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Kaster/AP





The National Zoo, which will be illuminated with more than 500,000 LED lights until Jan. 1, is seen on Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C.

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images




Christmas toys and other supplies are unloaded from a C-130 military transport plane onto sleds being pulled by snowmobiles in Shishmaref, Alaska, on Dec. 6. The Alaska National Guard provided transport for the good Samaritan program Operation Santa, which took gifts and school supplies to about 300 children in the Inupiat Eskimo community.

Mark Thiessen/AP




An inverted Christmas tree stands at the center of the department store Galeries Lafayette on Dec. 8 in Paris.

Jacques Brinon/AP




 People dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual Santa Run on Dec. 7 in Michendorf, Germany.

Carsten Koall/Getty Images




Three artists dressed as Santa Claus perform in front of the Milan Cathedral on Dec. 6 in Milan.

Luca Bruno/AP





 A decorator puts the finishing touches on a Christmas tree arrangement in the ballroom of the Willet-Holthuysen Museum in Amsterdam on Dec. 9.

Peter Dejong/AP




The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during its 82nd annual lighting ceremony Wednesday in New York City. 

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP





Onlookers crowd the streets for the traditional Rockefeller Christmas tree ceremony Wednesday night in New York City.

Brad Barket/Getty Images




Hundreds of people gather to attend the opening of the traditional Christmas Market on the Romerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 26.

Michael Probst/AP




Santa Claus waves to the Swiss and French crowd from his flying sleigh drawn by reindeer (and a cable) over Lake Geneva during sunset on the first day of the 20th Christmas Market in Montreux, Switzerland, on Nov. 21.

Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP




In this multiple long-exposure image, the interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by candles carried by choristers during the annual Advent procession in Salisbury, England, on Nov. 28. The service, which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent candle is lit at the west end, is one of the most popular of the liturgical year. Almost 1,300 candles will be lit when the celebration is over.

Matt Cardy/Getty Images




 The Arc de Triomphe shines with Christmas lights on Dec. 4 in Paris.

Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images





The Christmas tree shines in Trafalgar Square after its lighting ceremony Dec. 4 in London. The tree has been given as a gift by the Norwegian capital of Oslo since 1947, as a token of gratitude for Britain's support during World War II.

Tim Ireland/AP




Christmas lights are displayed along the Medellin River on Dec. 1 in Medellin, Colombia.

Luis Benavides/AP




Thousands of Honduran people form the biggest human Christmas tree to set a new Guinness World Record at the Plaza La Democracia in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 1.

OrlandoSierra/AFP/Getty Images




Workers decorate a Christmas tree next to the Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque in Beirut on Dec. 4.

Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images




This long-exposure photo shows the Christmas market in front of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church in Erfurt, Germany, on Dec. 3.

Jens Meyer




More than 1 million lights are on display in Canberra's central business district, officially breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest LED image display, on Nov. 29 in Canberra, Australia. The display will raise money to fight sudden infant death syndrome and will be open for viewing for the Christmas period.

Stefan Postles/Getty Images




People walk past a Christmas parcel light decoration in Lisbon's Rossio Square on Dec. 4 in Portugal.

Francisco Seco/AP




A house is illuminated with more than 400,000 lights in Calle, Germany, on Nov. 26. The house's owner said he started decorating his house for the Advent season in 1999 after being inspired during travel to the U.S.

Ingo Wagner/AFP/Getty Images




Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27 in New York City, marking the start of the holiday season.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images




Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform in New York City on Nov. 7. The 13-ton tree will be illuminated Dec. 3 in a ceremony that's been held since 1933. The owners of the land that the tree was cut from intend to donate its wood to build homes for Habitat for Humanity following the Christmas season.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images




An artisan assembles handmade, wooden nativity scenes at the Richard Glaesser GmbH manufacturing offices in Seiffen, Germany, on Nov. 25. Seiffen, located in southeastern Germany in the Ore Mountains, is home to several specialized manufacturers who produce handcrafted Christmas ornaments and toys made from wood in a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.

Sean Gallup/Getty Images





Visitors peer at an illuminated deer at an event to break the Guinness World Record for largest LED image display in Canberra, Australia, on Nov. 29.

Stefan Postles/Getty Images




A giant, 27-foot-tall display of Santa Claus kissing Mrs. Claus stands outside a mall in Taiyuan in the Shanxi province of China on Nov. 29.

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Visitors crowd the Christmas market in front of the neo-Gothic City Hall in Vienna on Nov. 16. The market contains 150 wooden huts carrying hundreds of goods such as tree lights, candles, ornaments and musical Christmas toys.

Ronald Zak/AP





A vendor pours mulled wine into a cup on the opening day of Strasbourg's Christmas market, the largest and one of the oldest Christmas markets in France, on Nov. 28.

Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images




Bakers prepare a giant stollen cake ahead of the 21st Dresden Stollen Festival in Dresden, Germany, on Nov. 30.

Jens Meyer/AP



A woman rows on a standup paddleboard during the 19th inauguration of a 278-foot-high floating Christmas tree, registered by Guinness World Records, in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 29. The tree will be illuminated by 3.1 million lights until the end of the year.

Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images




Choristers light their candles during the annual "darkness to light" Advent procession at Salisbury Cathedral on Nov. 28 in Salisbury, England.

Matt Cardy/Getty Images




Christmas troopers walk along the streets of the Boat Quay district during the "Christmas by the River" event in Singapore on Nov. 28.

Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images/Singapore River One





A staff member wearing a Santa Claus outfit feeds fish in a tank at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo on Nov. 27. The Christmas-themed performance will take place three times a day until Dec. 25.

Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images





Two dogs sit in a car with a recently purchased Christmas tree at Keele Christmas Tree Farm in central England on Nov. 30.

Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images




Visitors look at a nativity scene made of gingerbread in Zdounky in Moravia, Czech Republic, on Nov. 30. About 10 women worked more than a month on the nativity scene, using 99 pounds of dough and 120 eggs to make 1,806 gingerbread pieces.

Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images





Fireworks light up the sky above a Christmas tree during a lighting ceremony at Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Saturday.

Mindaugas Kulbis/AP




Fireworks light up the sky above a Christmas tree during a lighting ceremony at Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Saturday.

Mindaugas Kulbis/AP




Christmas lights decorate the streets in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 28.

Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

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