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December 16, 2010
Christmas lights illuminate the night
From Spain to Romania to Columbia, Christmas displays light up the night. (37 images)

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A solitary spruce tree, decorated with battery-powered holiday lights controlled by a timer, greets motorists traveling the Glenn Highway near Palmer, Alaska, on Sunday afternoon, December 5, 2010. Twin Peaks, located in the Chugach Mountains, is visible in the distance. Anchorage Daily News / Bill Roth


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Night view of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, with the traditional Christmas lighting, Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010. The Arc de Triomphe is visible in background. AP / Remy De La Mauviniere



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An illumination resembling a Christmas tree set at the monument to St. George at the Freedom Square in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. AP / Shakh Aivazov



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Pedestrians walk on the illuminated the boulevard 'Unter den Linden' in Berlin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. AP / Markus Schreiber



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A giant Santa Claus stands illuminated on December 01, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Getty Images / Andreas Rentz



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A colourfully decorated house is iluminated with Christmas lights in the evening hours in the northern German city of Hamburg on December 15, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. Getty Images / Joern Pollex



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A running ferris wheel on a Christmas market is pictured on December 1, 2010 in Berlin near the landmark TV tower. AFP/ Getty Images / Johannes Eisele



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Christmas festive lights are displayed on a house at The Boulevard Christmas lights display in the suburb of Ivanhoe on December 16, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. Families from across Victoria descend on the suburb to see the residential display that attracts 10,000-20,000 people per night. Getty Images / Scott Barbour



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Fireworks light up the sky above at Christmas tree during a lighting up ceremony at Cathedral square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. AP / Mindaugas Kulbis



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Christmas lights are illuminated on South Moulton Street on December 15, 2010 in London, England. Despite the global economic downturn and cold weather, high street retailers have generally been experiencing good Christmas trading which has been attributed in part to January's rise in VAT from 17.5 to 20 percent. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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People look at a decorated Christmas tree, left, during a lighting ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. The Christmas tree is a gift to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. AP / Sang Tan



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The Christmas event "Winter Magic" in Amsterdam on Dec. 10, 2010. The so-called "Magere Brug" (bridge) and some thirty boats have been decorated with Christmas ligths. AFP/ Getty Images / Koen Van Weel



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A house heavily decorated with christmas ornaments is pictured on December 15, 2010 outside Nesbyen in central Norway. Houses, gates and gardens light up the dark winter evenings with many Norwegians taking time off from work to spend hours decorating the houses in a fashion typical of the US. With outside temperatures reaching -20 degrees celcius in the area and electrical capacity of the households, decorative lights have to be switched off for cooking dinner and other necesseties. AFP/ Getty Images / Poppe Cornelius



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A child stares at Christmas lights in the Transylvanian city of Cluj, central Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, backdropped by the Orthodox Metropolitan cathedral and the statue of the 1848 revolution hero Avram Iancu, seen at right. AP / Vadim Ghirda



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A man looks up at Christmas lights in Madrid, Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010. AP / Paul White



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Cars pass under hanging Christmas lights in a street of Madrid on December 15, 2010. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP/ Getty Images / Javier Soriano



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Cars drive under Christmas lights above a street of Madrid on December 14, 2010. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP/ Getty Images / Dominique Faget



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Christmas lights decorate the Puerta de Alcala (Door of Alcala) in Madrid on December 15, 2010. Streets of the capital are decked out in lights every year ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP/ Getty Images / Javier Soriano



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Christmas lights shine behind a tree in Nervion in Seville on December 11, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Cristina Quicler



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Fireworks light the sky as a Christmas tree is lit in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on December 9, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Joseph Eid



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Shoppers queue up for taxis along a street decorated with lights outside a shopping mall in Beijing on December 8, 2010. Christian culture, though still unfamiliar to most Chinese, continues to spread, and according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, over 23 million Christians now live in China, a significant jump over the past three decades.. AFP/ Getty Images / Gou Yige



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A pedestrian walks past a neon-lit Christmas tree at twilight in Beijing on December 6, 2010. Though not celebrated for religious reasons in China, the world's largest producer of Christmas goods, the commerical appeal and visual decorations of the festive season are ever more visible throughout China. AFP/ Getty Images / Frederic J. Brown



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Bright lights outline the facade of the Roman Catholic chapel in Las Pinas district in Manila as Filipinos attend the first of nine dawn masses signalling the official start of the Christmas season on December 16, 2010. The tradition of dawn masses dates back to the Spanish era. It culminates on Christmas Eve and it is a belief that anyone who completes the chain will have their wish granted. AFP/ Getty Images / Jay Directo



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A man dressed as Santa Claus gestures in a street illuminated with Christmas lights on December 4, 2010 in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. AFP/ Getty Images / Raul Arboleda



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Girl plays in fountain illuminated with Christmas lights on December 4, 2010 in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. AFP/ Getty Images / Raul Arboleda



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A girl walks among headlights in a neighborhood in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on December 7, 2010, during the celebration of the Day of the Candles, one of the most traditional festivals in Colombia, which is celebrated by Catholics on the night of Dec. 7, the eve of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays in the country. AFP/ Getty Images / Luis Robayo



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A man stands beside the grave of his mother illuminated by lanterns at the cemetery "Jardines de la Aurora" in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on December 7, 2010, during the celebration of the Day of the Candles, one of the most traditional festivals in Colombia, which is celebrated by Catholics on the night of Dec. 7, the eve of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays in the country. AFP/ Getty Images / Luis Robayo



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People look a street illuminated with Christmas lights on December 4, 2010 in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. AFP/ Getty Images / Raul Arboleda



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Members of Chinese community living in Costa Rica roll a float during the Light Festival Parade to start Christmas celebrations in San Jose, on December 11, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Yuri Cortez



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A woman dressed as butterfly walks around a float during the Light Festival Parade to start Christmas celebrations in San Jose, on December 11, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Yuri Cortez



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Celina Hernandez sells Christmas lights in a street market in San Salvador, El Salvador on December 13, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Jose Cabezas



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A doll representing the Devil is burned during the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception Day celebrations in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. These celebrations mark the beginning of the Christmas Season in Guatemala. AP / Moises Castillo



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Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster traps on Beals Island, Maine on Dec. 2, 2010. 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 / Robert F. Bukaty



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A security guard stands in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree after the annual lighting ceremony November 30, 2010 in New York City. Crowds of thousands gathered to watch the 12-ton, 74-foot tall Norway Spruce be illuminated in one of New York's cherished holiday rituals. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on November 30, 2010 in New York. Originally from Mahopac, New York,. the 12-ton, 74-foot Norway Spruce is adorned with 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on more than five miles of electrical wire, and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. AFP/ Getty Images / Stan Honda



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As the White House is seen in the background, the National Christmas Tree is lit during its lighting ceremony December 9, 2010 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The first family participated in the annual ceremony to kick off the 2010 National Christmas Tree Festival. Getty Images / Alex Wong



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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 years' tree, a 67-foot Engelmann spruce, came from Wyomings 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. Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla



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