Best Christmas Photos From Around The World

Christmas Atmosphere Abundant In Berlin
Christmas Atmosphere Abundant In Berlin
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: An illuminated ferris wheel at the Christmas market at Alexanderplatz is reflected in the rear windshield of a parked car as the city's television tower stands behind at dusk on November 29, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is in the midst of full Christmas season with Christmas markets, Christmas lights and of course Christmas shopping. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Woodcarver Heinrich Zwink holds shepherd figurines for a Christmas crèche at his workshop on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though Zwink and his colleagues from the St.Luke's guild, the Oberammergau woodcarvers association deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Australia Lights Up For Christmas
Australia Lights Up For Christmas
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: The façade of St Mary?s Cathedral is lit up during the Lights of Christmas celebration on December 18, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: A variety of traditional Alpine style Christmas chreches and other woodcarved items are displayed in Toni Baur's shop for woodcarved articles on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Oberammergau Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Toni Baur, owner of a shop for woodcarved articles, stands near a traditional Alpine style Christmas chreche in his showrooms on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
London's Christmas Retail Rush Begins
London's Christmas Retail Rush Begins
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Workmen fix Christmas lights on Carnaby Street on November 29, 2011 in London, England. Chancellor George Osborne outlined in his Autumn Statement today in the House Of Commons, his plans to boost the UK's economy and respond to the warning that the UK is highly likely to slip back into a recession. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Cars pass under hanging Christmas lights
Cars pass under hanging Christmas lights
Cars pass under hanging Christmas lights in a street of Madrid on November 30, 2011. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on November 30, 2011, sh
A picture taken on November 30, 2011, sh
A picture taken on November 30, 2011, shows a woman talking to a child as they look for presents in a giant toy store in Strasbourg before Christmas. AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sings with San
US President Barack Obama sings with San
US President Barack Obama sings with Santa Claus during the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2011. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under the Christmas tree set at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on December 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks under the Christmas tree set at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on December 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman strands in front of a tree decor
A woman strands in front of a tree decor
A woman strands in front of a tree decorated with Christmas lights in a Barcelona on December 2, 2011. Streets of the Barcelona are decked out with lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Military Families Receive Free Christmas Trees At Fort Carson
Military Families Receive Free Christmas Trees At Fort Carson
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - DECEMBER 07: U.S. Army Sgt. Evan Kirouak, who recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, receives a free Christmas tree on December 7, 2011 at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More than 600 soldiers and military families at the base received the trees as part of the annual Trees for Troops program. Some 17,000 trees are donated by growers and retailers nationwide in the weeks before Christmas and delivered by Federal Express to 60 military installations in the United States and abroad as a holiday morale booster. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A woman and her daughter pose for a phot
A woman and her daughter pose for a phot
A woman and her daughter pose for a photo on a street illuminated with Christmas lights on December 8, 2011, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on December 2, 2011 show
A picture taken on December 2, 2011 show
A picture taken on December 2, 2011 shows a statue in front of a tree decorated with Christmas lights in a Barcelona. Streets of the Barcelona are decked out with lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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A sea lion wearing antlers performs at t
A sea lion wearing antlers performs at t
A sea lion wearing antlers performs at the Sunshine International Aquarium for the seasonal attraction, which will be held through out to Christmas Day, in Tokyo on December 12, 2011. The aquarium celebrated its one million guests since the park reopened this August. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Giant Christmas light strings decorate t
Giant Christmas light strings decorate t
Giant Christmas light strings decorate the pavement in front of office buildings in New York, December 9, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed as Santa Claus poses with
A man dressed as Santa Claus poses with
A man dressed as Santa Claus poses with a killer whale at the Marineland aquatic park on December 15, 2011 in Antibes, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN NOGIER (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN NOGIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: People walk through christmas style decorated Munich downtown pedestrian zone on December 9, 2011 in Munich, Germany. With the German economy strong, retailers in Germany are hopeful that positive consumer confidence will mean a solid Christmas shopping season despite the current Eurozone debt crisis. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
Retailers Expect Strong Christmas Shopping Season
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Shoppers pass through Alexa shopping center in front of a Christmas tree on December 10, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. German consumer confidence is expected to rise for a third month in December, amidst the Christmas shopping season. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
A woman and her daughter pose for a phot
A woman and her daughter pose for a phot
A woman and her daughter pose for a photo on a street illuminated with Christmas lights on December 8, 2011, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Munich Christmas Market Is Bavaria's Oldest
Munich Christmas Market Is Bavaria's Oldest
MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A stall holder arranges her display of Christmas stars at Munich Marienplatz Christmas market on December 9, 2011 in Munich, Germany. The Marienplatz Christmas market claims to be one of Bavaria's oldest Christmas markets. Christmas markets have a long tradition in Germany and usually sell gluhwein, Christmas decorations and ornaments, sweets and sausages. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
A bus passes under Christmas lights with
A bus passes under Christmas lights with
A bus passes under Christmas lights with the Italian colors in Via del Corso leading to Piazza Venezia (background) on December 16, 2011 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Runners wearing Santa Claus bonnets and
Runners wearing Santa Claus bonnets and
Runners wearing Santa Claus bonnets and bathing suits take part in the 'Santa Claus Run' held every year in Budapest on December 11, 2011. Participants collected money to help a Hungarian hospital for the third Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent, which begins on a Sunday about four weeks before Christmas Day, is celebrated by the Catholic and Anglican Churches. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
HAMBLETON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: PARENTAL PERMISSION OBTAINED) Emily Walsh, an angel, looks on during a traditional Christmas Nativity and Christingle service at St Mary's Church, Myton Village, England on December 18, 2011. In schools and churches around the country children busy preparing and performing in the telling of the traditional nativity story. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
HAMBLETON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: PARENTAL PERMISSION OBTAINED) Abby Gledhill (L) and Amy Flintoff get into their costumes ahead of a traditional Christmas Nativity on December 18, 2011, at St Mary's Church, Myton Village, England. In schools and churches around the country children busy preparing and performing in the telling of the traditional nativity story. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Santa Claus waves as he stands with a re
Santa Claus waves as he stands with a re
Santa Claus waves as he stands with a reindeer and sled outside Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland on December 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
HAMBLETON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: PARENTAL PERMISSION OBTAINED) Mary-Sarah Dean, Emily Walsh and Emily Frew, angels, wait for their cue during a traditional Christmas Nativity on December 18, 2011, at St Mary's Church, Myton Village, England. In schools and churches around the country children busy preparing and performing in the telling of the traditional nativity story. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
A Palestinian worker move trees to sell
A Palestinian worker move trees to sell
A Palestinian worker move trees to sell for Christmas in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH (Photo credit should read SAIF DAHLAH/AFP/Getty Images)
A Dutch postal worker moves a trolly in
A Dutch postal worker moves a trolly in
A Dutch postal worker moves a trolly in the mail sorting center of PostNL in Amsterdam on December 20, 2011. With the christmas in full swing PostNL expects today to be the busiest of the year. AFP PHOTO / ANP LEX VAN LIESHOUT netherlands out - belgium out (Photo credit should read LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images)
Christmas Celebrations In New Zealand
Christmas Celebrations In New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 17: Christmas lights decorate Franklin Road houses and businesses in Ponsonby on December 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. A long range forecast issued today indicates that New Zealanders should enjoy a warm and sunny Christmas, unlike their Australian neighbours on the East Coast, where rain is expected. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
A long exposure, moved and frame changed
A long exposure, moved and frame changed
A long exposure, moved and frame changed picture taken on December 17, 2011 shows a Christmas tree in front of the ancient Colosseum in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of children pray the Christmas N
A group of children pray the Christmas Novena while recreating a living Nativity scene on December 16, 2011, at the Chorro de Quevedo Square in the neighborhood of La Candelaria in downtown Bogota, Colombia. AFP PHOTO/Guillermo Legaria (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers From The Scottish Ballet Prepare For The Christmas Season
Dancers From The Scottish Ballet Prepare For The Christmas Season
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 16: Dancers from the Scottish Ballet wait to go on stage for the dress rehearsal for their current production of 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Theatre Royal on December 16, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. 'Sleeping Beauty' opens at Theatre Royal, Glasgow on December 17th and runs until December 31st, before touring to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle Upon Tyne in January and February 2012. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Australian sea lions Miya (L) and Lexi (
Australian sea lions Miya (L) and Lexi (
Australian sea lions Miya (L) and Lexi (R) search for Christmas crabs and fresh fish amid the ice at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on December 21, 2011. Various animals were also given early Christmas enrichment treats inside boxes wrapped in colourful paper to arouse their curiosity. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Suburbia Lights Up For Christmas
Suburbia Lights Up For Christmas
MELKSHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: A semi-detached house is lit up with exterior Christmas lights on December 16, 2011 in Melksham, England. The trend to decorate the exterior of houses - which became popular in the USA during the 1960s - continues in the UK despite the continuing gloomy economic forecast, with some of the larger displays raising money for charitable causes. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man dressed-up in a Santa
A Palestinian man dressed-up in a Santa
A Palestinian man dressed-up in a Santa Claus costume waves as he walks on Jerusalem's Old City walls on December 21, 2011 few days ahead of Christmas. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
A Traditional Christmas Village Nativity
HAMBLETON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: PARENTAL PERMISSION OBTAINED) Matilda Thomas, during a traditional Christmas Nativity and Christingle service at St Mary's Church, Myton Village, England on December 18, 2011. In schools and churches around the country children busy preparing and performing in the telling of the traditional nativity story. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Christmas Lights In Barcelona
Christmas Lights In Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: Costumers walk around the shoping area on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas on December 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Christmas is one week from tomorrow. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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