Holiday decorations in cities around the world [PHOTOS]

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The holidays can be a whirlwind of emotions. From the love you feel when surrounded by friends and family to the stress of traveling home for the holidays – but when you look upon the twinkling lights, bows and trees that define the season, a sense of peace, tenderness and gratitude sets in.

All around the world, cities put up elaborate Christmas trees, fanciful lights, and decorate buildings and public spaces in the name of the holiday spirit. From the iconic Christmas tree display at Rockefeller Center in New York to the holiday decorations at Disney World in Orlando and the Christmas villages of Germany, locales worldwide love to celebrate the season.

Get into the spirit with these iconic images of holiday decorations in major U.S. cities and other destinations around the world.

Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y., United States (Image: Anthony Quintano)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Rockefeller Center, New York, N.Y., United States (Image: Anthony Quintano)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
The National Christmas Tree at the White House, Washington, D.C., United States (Image: Glyn Lowe Photoworks.)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
The Christmas Tree at the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., United States (Image: Glyn Lowe Photoworks.)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations at Union Station, Washington, D.C., United States (Image: Elvert Barnes used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations in Tokyo, Japan (Image: Yoshikazu TAKADA)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations at The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif., United States (Image: numberstumper used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, Orlando, Fla., United States (Image: RobBixbyPhotography)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations in Germany (Image: onnola used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in major cities around the world
Christmas decorations in Germany (Image: onnola used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
A Christmas tree stands in Leadenhall Market in London, England (Image: Torcello Trio used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
Christmas decorations hang at Covent Garden in London, England (Image: ahisgett)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
A traditional Christmas Market lights up Vienna, Austria (Image: zlakfoto used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
Christkindlmarkt glows at night in Vienna, Austria (Image: c_pichler used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
A Christmas tree stands against the Custom House Tower at Quincy Market, Boston, Mass., United States (Image: Eric Kilby used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
A Christmas tree brings season’s greetings to the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia (Image: Sarah_Ackerman)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
The Old Town Square hosts a Christmas Market in Prague, Czech Republic (Image: Boris Tylevich)
Holiday decorations in cities around the world
A Christmas tree in the Old Town Square of Prague, Czech Republic (Image: huangjiahui used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

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Holiday decorations in cities around the world [PHOTOS] was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.