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Christmas 2017: Cities worldwide light up to welcome Santa

THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Dec 7, 2017, 2:24 pm IST
Updated : Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 pm IST
From angels lighting up the streets of London to the Christmas markets in Austria, cities worldwide have lit up to usher in Christmas. (All photos: AFP)
From angels lighting up the streets of London to the Christmas markets in Austria, cities worldwide have lit up to usher in Christmas. (All photos: AFP)
The Capitol Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. The Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana will be lit from nightfall to 11 p.m. through January 1, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
The Capitol Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. The Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana will be lit from nightfall to 11 p.m. through January 1, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York. For the past decade, old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees have gone on to be milled into lumber used in dozens of Habitat for Humanity homes from Philadelphia to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Many Americans, especially Christians will go to Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is told. (Photo: AP)
Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York. For the past decade, old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees have gone on to be milled into lumber used in dozens of Habitat for Humanity homes from Philadelphia to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Many Americans, especially Christians will go to Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is told.  (Photo: AP)
Christmas lights decorate the market and the City Hall in Vienna, Austria on December 5, 2017. Cities like Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg have huge markets and people from all over the world to visit them. (Photo: AFP)
Christmas lights decorate the market and the City Hall in Vienna, Austria on December 5, 2017. Cities like Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg have huge markets and people from all over the world to visit them. (Photo: AFP)
Christmas lights decorate the market and the City Hall in Vienna, Austria. Most towns will have a 'Christkindlmarkt' (Christmas market) from late November, early December selling Christmas decorations, food (like gingerbread) and Glühwein (sweet, warm mulled wine). (Photo: AFP)
Christmas lights decorate the market and the City Hall in Vienna, Austria. Most towns will have a 'Christkindlmarkt' (Christmas market) from late November, early December selling Christmas decorations, food (like gingerbread) and Glühwein (sweet, warm mulled wine).  (Photo: AFP)
Pope Francis stands near a christmas tree during a weekly general audience of at the Paul VI audience hall on December 6, 2017 in Vatican. One old Italian custom is that children go out Carol singing and playing songs on shepherds pipes, wearing shepherds sandals and hats. (Photo: AFP)
Pope Francis stands near a christmas tree during a weekly general audience of at the Paul VI audience hall on December 6, 2017 in Vatican. One old Italian custom is that children go out Carol singing and playing songs on shepherds pipes, wearing shepherds sandals and hats. (Photo: AFP)
People stand near a Christmas tree illuminated at Piazza Duomo, on December 6, 2017 in Milan. When people return from Mass they have a slice of Italian Christmas Cake called 'Panettone' which is like a dry fruity sponge cake and a cup of hot chocolate.(Photo: AFP)
People stand near a Christmas tree illuminated at Piazza Duomo, on December 6, 2017 in Milan. When people return from Mass they have a slice of Italian Christmas Cake called 'Panettone' which is like a dry fruity sponge cake and a cup of hot chocolate.(Photo: AFP)
Shoppers walk beneath the Christmas festive lights on Carnaby Street, in central London on December 5, 2017. Thousands of people go to watch the big 'switch on' around the beginning of November. (Photo: AFP)
Shoppers walk beneath the Christmas festive lights on Carnaby Street, in central London on December 5, 2017. Thousands of people go to watch the big 'switch on' around the beginning of November. (Photo: AFP)
Pedestrians walk under the Christmas lights on Regent Street, in central London on December 5, 2017. The most famous Christmas lights in the UK are in Oxford Street in London. Every year they get bigger and better. (Photo: AFP)
Pedestrians walk under the Christmas lights on Regent Street, in central London on December 5, 2017. The most famous Christmas lights in the UK are in Oxford Street in London. Every year they get bigger and better. (Photo: AFP)

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