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Festive Holiday Lights Banish the Gloom Around the World

From Minnesota to Manila, twinkling lights are inspiring holiday cheer.

. Minnesota

A Christmas tree sits on a dock in the snow at White Bear Lake on Nov. 30.

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. New York

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on Dec. 2.

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. Slovenia

Visitors admire the Christmas lights in the city center on Dec. 2 in Ljubljana.

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. Poland

Visitors tour the Christmas fair at the Old Square in Wroclaw on Nov. 20.

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. Germany

A Ferris wheel is reflected in the wet cobbles at the traditional Christmas market in Essen on Nov. 19.

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. Washington, D.C.

People take photographs during the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Tree on Capitol Hill on Dec. 2.

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. Berlin

An illuminated menorah shines in bright blue and yellow in front of the Brandenburg gate at the Pariser Platz on Dec. 6. The first candle on the thirty-foot menorah was lit Hanukkah later in the evening.

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. Vienna

Vienna's Christmas tree is lit in the colors of the French flag to show solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Paris at the Christmas market in front of City Hall on Nov. 19.

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. Cincinnati

Sarah Barnes sits on the shoulders of her father, Darrick, during a visit to the PNC Festival of Lights preview night at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Nov. 20. The festival runs until Jan. 2, with special holiday attractions and lights throughout the facility.

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. Paris

A Christmas tree stands under the dome of the Galeries Lafayette department store on Nov. 6.

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. Berlin

Visitors sample sweets at a stall at the annual Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt on its opening day on Nov. 23.

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. London

A visitor poses for a photograph in a light display at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Gardens on Nov. 24. Kew Garden's after dark seasonal festival features a landscape of light and color, with an illuminated trail highlighting Kew's trees and beautiful wintery landscape.

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. Germany

People visit a Christmas market on Nov. 24 in Erfurt.

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. Lebanon

Visitors admire a Christmas tree display, made from 35 tons of gold-colored mirrors, in Byblos, north of Beirut, on Nov. 25.

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. Germany

A man dressed as Santa Claus smiles at the traditional Christmas market in Dortmund on Nov. 23.

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. Philippines

Visitors gather around a house lit by thousands of Christmas lights in Cainta, Rizal province, east of Manila, on Nov. 29.

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. Lithuania

The National Christmas tree is lit at Cathedral Square in Vilnius on Nov. 27.

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. Prague

The traditional Christmas market fills Old Town Square on Nov. 28.

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. Moscow

Women walk past Christmas decorations in Red Square as the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower looms in the background on Nov. 30.

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. Berlin

Visitors photograph two performers on stilts at the annual Christmas market on its opening day on Nov. 23.

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. Madrid

Workers decorate a Christmas tree with lights at Plaza de Colón on Dec. 1.

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. Germany

The Marktkirche church in Hanover is illuminated with festive lights on Dec. 1.

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. Switzerland

A Christmas decoration depicting a shooting star lights up the night under the Dole summit in Cheserex on Dec. 1. It will be lit until January 6.

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. New York

Tourists pose for a photo in front of Christmas trees on Dec. 4.

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. Germany

A child admires the decorations at a house Voelklingen on Nov. 30. About 46,000 small lights and 120 illuminated figures are included in the display.

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. Bolivia

A Christmas tree is illuminated in front of San Francisco Church in La Paz on Dec. 4.

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