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    • Spectators watch the Christmas illuminations at the Royal Treaty street in Warsaw, Poland
    • A woman takes a selfie on a street with Christmas decoration in Tbilisi, Georgia
    • A general view of the Christmas tree in Vilnius, Lithuania
    • New Year's lights in Moscow
    • People walk next to Christmas decorations in Cali, Colombia
    • Christmas lights decorations are pictured in the Quadrilatero della Moda, a high-class shopping district, in Milan
    • People take photos at a New Year tree installed on Oktyabrskaya Square for the upcoming New Year and Christmas season in Minsk, Belarus
    • Illuminated peace doves hang over Las Ramblas during the inauguration of this year's Christmas lights in Barcelona
    • A man walks by a large Christmas decoration panel at the Christmas market in Sankt Poelten, Austria
    • A toddler touches a snowman made of lights at the Christmas Garden light show, in Berlin's botanical garden
    • Visitors admire illuminations based on Disney movie Beauty and the Beast at Caretta Illumination in Tokyo
    • People walk past a display of Christmas lights outside a building in the central business district of Beijing
    • New Year's lights in Moscow
    • A man walks beneath Christmas street lights on Regent Street in London, Britain
    • Filipinos pose as they tour the inside of the Christmas House owned by businessman Alexander Cruz in suburban Cainta, Rizal province east of Manila, Philippines
    • Christmas decoration items are displayed for sale at a shop in Hanoi, Vietnam
    • The facade of the French fashion house and luxury goods Christian Dior shop on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris, decorated with Christmas lights
    • A man takes a selfie as he holds his child during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece
    • People are silhouetted on a pedestrian dock decorated with an illuminated Christmas ornament in the southern coastal city of Larnaca on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus
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    Spectators watch the Christmas illuminations at the Royal Treaty street in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

    As Christmas and New Year's Eve draw near, cities around the globe bust out their festive illuminations, eager to outshine each other in glorious displays of holiday spirit.

    Moscow, Berlin, Tokyo, Warsaw, Hanoi — this photo gallery contains images of Christmas and New Year illuminations in urban centers in various corners of the world.

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