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Cities around the world light up the night with their seasonal holiday displays.
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Shaanxi Province, China
A Christmas tree installed with lanterns, measuring over 10 meters high, is illuminated beside sculptures of ancient people in the background of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda on December 24, 2010 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Christmas is becoming increasingly popular in Chinese consumer culture, along with the Valentine's Day in February and Halloween in October.— China Photos / Getty Images AsiaPac
epa02505045 A photo made available on 23 December 2010 shows people take pictures on a color-lit shopping mall in Beijing, China, 22 December 2010. Despite China's Catholic population being just over 6 million, according to a report by the national congress of Chinese Catholics, Christmas is still celebrated in China, although not so much as a religious festivity. Youngsters take part of the celebrations believing it is trendier to join in the western festivities while for many others it is just an excuse to have fun and buy presents for their loved ones. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL— Diego Azubel / EPA
Fireworks explode as a giant Christmas tree and an old building in Beirut are illuminated during the launch of "Beirut Celebrates 2010" at a Christmas parade in downtown Beirut, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION SOCIETY)— Mohamed Azakir / X00013
The historic center of Winterberg with the St. Jakobus church is festively illuminated for Christmas on November 24, 2010. The western German winter sports resort expects more snowfalls and temperatures below the freezing point, so that winter sports enthousiasts are hoping that the season will open soon. AFP PHOTO JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images)— Julian Stratenschulte / DPA
epa02472937 A 30-metre pyramid made up of crystal blocks Christmas tree (L) lit up in front of (L-R) Bank of China Towner, Cheung Kong Centre, HSBC Hong Kong headquarters and Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong headquarters during the Christmas lighting ceremony of WinterFest at financial business district in Hong Kong, China, 29 November 2010. The winter fest is being promoted to stimulate interest among travellers to visit the territory. EPA/YM YIK— Ym Yik / EPA
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: People attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. This year s tree, a 67-foot Engelmann spruce, came from Wyoming s Bridger-Teton National Forest. As part of the U.S. Capitol's commitment to save energy, strands of energy-efficient LED lights and hand-made ornaments made by Wyoming residents decorate the tree. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)— Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images North America
A couple walks towards a Christmas tree at a shopping mall in Tokyo November 24, 2010. Retailers across Australia and Japan are bracing for tight fisted shoppers to hold out for bargains in the lead-up to the ciritical holiday season, putting pressure on margins and profits. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)— Yuriko Nakao / X90018
Beals Island, Maine
In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010, Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster traps on Beals Island, Maine. Some of the top lobster-fishing ports in New England are claiming bragging rights about who has the biggest and best Christmas tree created from lobster traps. The groups that put up the trees say they draw attention to the ports' maritime heritage, bring people together and raise money for good causes. The tree in Beals helps raises money for the Beals-Jonesport Fourth of July festivities and the one in Gloucester benefits a nonprofit devoted to the arts. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)— Robert F. Bukaty / AP
Children play with their sled in front of the house of Lutz Pingel, which is decorated with Christmas lights, in Dortmund November 30, 2010. Each year several owners set up fairy lights at their houses for Christmas. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)— Ina Fassbender / X00970
People stand at a Christmas market stall in front of Germany's biggest Christmas tree in the city center of Dortmund, western Germany, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. The 45 meter high tree is made of 1700 norway spruces and illuminated by 48.000 lamps. Christmas markets have been a German tradition for about 600 years and are found in nearly every city in Germany during the Advent season. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)— Martin Meissner / AP
Palawan city, Philippines
Fireworks light up the sky near the 120 feet-high Christmas tree display at the Baywalk in Palawan city, Western Philippines December 1, 2010. The Philippines, the largest Roman Catholic state in Asia, observes one of the longest Christmas holidays in the world beginning with dawn masses on December 16 to the feast of Three Kings in the week of January. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)— Romeo Ranoco / X00226