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Christmas Around the World

  • Christmas in the sun

    Christmas in the sun

    Valletta’s main road, Republic Street, is festooned with Christmas decorations but with the blazing sun and the hot, humid weather yesterday, it felt more like September than December.

  • A feast of light in Rio De Janeiro

    A feast of light in Rio De Janeiro

    Just a few weeks after the city of Geelong in Australia lit up a floating Christmas tree in Corio Bay which cost them almost 1 million dollars, Rio De Janeiro topped their efforts by unveiling an 85 metre high floating Christmas tree. Last Sunday...

  • Turning a tower into a giant candle

    Turning a tower into a giant candle

    In the German town of Schlitz a 118-ft high stone tower is covered with red cloth and adorned with lights on top to make it look like a candle

  • A new Christmassy world record in Australia

    A new Christmassy world record in Australia

    It took around 1.2 million LED lights and 120km of cable for Australian capital, Canberra to set a new world record. The Guinness World Records association confirmed this display to the the largest ever LED image display.

  • Germany's oldest Christmas market

    Germany's oldest Christmas market

    People visit Germany's oldest Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) in Nuremberg. The first official record of this pre-Christmas market dates back to 1628. A list of notices for stall holders from 1737 shows that almost all of Nuremberg's...

  • German retailers happy with start to Christmas shopping season

    German retailers happy with start to Christmas shopping season

    Germany's Christmas shopping season started well - suggesting a bounce-back in Europe's biggest economy is continuing - with electronics, homeware and food selling particularly strongly, the German retail association (HDE) said on Sunday. Data out...

  • Festive fare at Europe’s best Christmas markets

    Festive fare at Europe’s best Christmas markets

    Strolling the fairy-lit stalls of a traditional Christmas market on a crisp, dark December evening is a magical experience. The buzz of shoppers, stalls aglow with colourful toys, gifts, jewellery and arts and crafts, and the frosty air heavy with...

  • Floating Christmas tree

    Floating Christmas tree

    The metropolitan city of Geelong in Australia this year has welcomed Christmas with a bang. On the 22nd of November they lit up a floating Christmas tree in Corio Bay. The 25 metre-high steel structure cost the city $990,000. The tree cost...

  • Top Christmas adverts from the UK

    Top Christmas adverts from the UK

    Tear jerking, heartwarming and oh so Christmassy. Have you seen the cutest, most heartwarming Christmas adverts this year? UK companies try to come out with the best adverts for the holiday season and this competition seems to have become more of...

  • 1.2m Christmas lights set record

    1.2m Christmas lights set record

    An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the centre of the national capital. Guinness World Records confirmed the 75 miles of multicoloured wire strung in the shape of three interconnected...

  • UK retailers embrace 'Black Friday' discounts

    Britain's high streets, malls and online sites were awash with discounts on Friday as more retailers than ever embraced U.S.-style "Black Friday" promotions, seeking to kickstart trading in the key Christmas period. In the United States the Friday...

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