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Christmas Celebrations Around the World

Pack up the sleigh and wrap yourself in your coziest scarf. We’re going on a tour of 10 Christmas scenes around the world, from citywide celebrations to cheery holiday markets.

Pack up the sleigh and wrap yourself in your coziest scarf. Here’s a photo tour of 10 Christmas celebrations around the world, from citywide parties to cheery holiday markets.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul christmas festival 2018 in cheonggyecheon stream at seoul, south korea

A tree twinkles with lights in South Korea, where Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays.

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London, England

 leadenhall market in london with christmas decoration. victorian arcade of the market, built 19th century london

A Christmas tree sits in London’s Leadenhall Market, one of the oldest markets in the city.

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Rovaniemi, Finland

Racing on reindeer sleigh in finland lapland winter

Reindeer pull sleighs in Rovaniemi, Finland’s capital of Lapland.

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Strasbourg, France

Streets and facades of houses, traditionally decorated with toys teddy bears for christmas

Streets and facades of houses are traditionally decorated with toys and teddy bears for Christmas in medieval city of Strasbourg.

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Orlando, Florida

Toy soldiers parade down main street, u.s.a., at magic kingdom during “mickey’s once upon a christmastime parade.”

Each year, Disney World decks out its castle and Main Street in Christmas finery. Special parades, live stage shows, and more mark the Christmas season.

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New York City

hundreds of costumed revelers filled times square to muster for the 17th annual santacon pub crawl

During New York’s SantaCon, you’ll see Kris Kringle everywhere you look.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fireworks during the inauguration of christmas tree rodrigo de freitas lagoon

Fireworks erupt during the inauguration of the Christmas tree of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ban Tha Rae, Thailand

Star parade,christmas festival,star parade to celebrate christmas ,caravan star lamp,is a celebration of christians in sakon nakhon and ban tha rae,thai.

Tha Rae in northeastern Thailand hosts a yearly multi-day Christmas Parade Festival, featuring performances and parades.

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Paris, France

The christmas tree at galeries lafayette

In the City of Light, les cadeaux are suspended above Galeries Lafayette.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.


By Dara Continenza

Dara Continenza has been exploring the world and writing about it since 2010. Her writing has appeared on Hopper, SmarterTravel, USA Today, Money, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post,, and others.

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