A girl reacts on her father’s shoulder during the Gramado Natal Luz (Christmas lights in English) event held in Gramado, the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
People take pictures of a house decorated with Christmas lights for the biggest holiday season of the year at a neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada.
Every year at the holidays revelers flocked to downtown Cleveland for the lighting of the Public Square Christmas tree, part of the city’s Winterfest, which also includes free ice skating and family activities.
People gather to see the Christmas Coca Cola truck in Gdansk, Poland. The Freightliner truck is decorated with a 1200 meters of lights and 65 square meters of red reflective foil.
People walk under a net of Christmas lights at the Christmas market in Michelstadt, Germany, held in the historic town center with its half-timbered houses and ancient town hall. Its setting attracts tourists from Germany and abroad.
Started in 1987, Honolulu City Lights has become a month-long holiday event. According to Friends of Honolulu City Lights, the City Christmas tree was originally decorated with strings of colored lights and a traffic signal control box was used to change the colors. Ornaments were made for the big tree and the first of many large outdoor displays were created to make Honolulu City Lights unique among city holiday displays.
Part of a grand neighborhood display, a house is covered in Christmas lights and decorations in the Adamstown area of Dublin, Ireland.
Part of a grand neighborhood display, a house is covered in Christmas lights and decorations in the Crumlin area of Dublin, Ireland.
Illuminations at Shinjuku Terrace City, Tokyo, Japan. Shinjuku Terrace City Illuminations are seen around Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station. This year marks the 12th year of the illumination event, which can be enjoyed until February.
In Los Angeles, “A Christmas Story Live!” Lighting Event features the leg lamp at The Grove.
Illumination artworks are pictured at Kew Gardens in London for the Christmas at Kew exhibition, which consists of a mile-long trail that leads visitors past singing trees, a Fire Garden, kaleidoscopic projections and giant flora-inspired lights.
View of the decorative lights during the opening of the Christmas market in Mainz, Germany. The Christmas market is in front of the historical backdrop of the 1,000-year-old Martin’s Dome on Liebfrauen Square.
Munich, Germany holds its traditional Christmas Market on Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) in the center of Munich. The biggest attraction of the Christmas Market is the magnificent Christmas tree in front of the new town hall (Neues Rathaus): Around 2,500 candles lend the entire square a delightful Advent ambience. The Munich Christmas Market is very popular and always filled with visitors. The roots of this traditional market date back to the 14th century.
A New York holiday tradition, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and festive plaza — with its tree, ice skating rink and holiday decorations — is a great destination for New Yorkers and tourists wanting a Manhattan Christmastime experience.
Part of a long-standing neighborhood tradition enjoyed by lights enthusiasts across the metro Chicago area, Gerald Cholewa, left, and Ron Klimek stand outside their decorated home in Oak Park, Illinois.
Here’s a view of the Champs Elysees on the first day of Christmas lights in Paris. The Christmas lights will last until Jan. 8.
People stroll under the famous lights and Christmas decorations at the night market in Quezon City, Philippines.
Marking the start of the Christmas shopping season, Christmas lights and decorations are seen in the center of the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland. This year the city installed lights earlier than the previous year.
Every year at the holidays big crowds gather at Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas, for the lighting of the Southern Pacific 794 Steam Engine, led by Smokey the Railroad Elf and Conductor Mike.
Christmas in Singapore is a big celebration centered around the shopping belt on Orchard Road, which is spectacularly lit-up every December.
Christmas lights and decorations are seen on Preseren Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana officially enters the Christmas and New Year festive season with Christmas lights switched on and a Christmas market opened in the city center.
People take photos with Christmas lights decorations in Macao, south China. Over 70 places in Macao were decorated with festive lights to greet the upcoming Christmas and New Year.
The largest lights installation in London, with 300,000 LED lights, the Spirit of Christmas is switched-on for the Christmas season.
Family members take photos inside a Christmas lighting setup at the Vancouver Christmas Market in Vancouver, Canada. The Vancouver Christmas Market is a month-long festivity featuring more than 75 huts stuffed with seasonal food and treats, together with different festive activities and live entertainment.
Inauguration of the Nativity Scene and lighting of the Christmas Tree in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Vatican. The Christmas Tree, a 28-meter-tall fir, is a gift of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Elk in Poland. The Nativity Scene is a gift from the Territorial Abbey of Montevergine in Italy.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Ridley Brandmayr of Montana light up the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Christmas lights are an intro to the holiday season in Bucharest, Romania.