Statue Square, Central
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Hong Kong’s Central area is a neon wonderland with its enormous twinkling Christmas tree and light shows.
Brooklyn, New York
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Americans go all-out come Christmas, as this bedazzled home in Dyker Heights demonstrates. The well-to-do neighbourhood is engaged in something of a Christmas lights competition – and each year they get bigger and brighter. It’s become a must-see for New Yorkers and visitors each December.
The Zócalo, Mexico City
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The centrepiece of Mexico City’s main square during the festive season is an enormous, dazzling Christmas tree, though the mosaics made up of thousands of LEDs provides stiff competition.
Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles
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Oversized – no, enormous – Christmas presents line Beverly Hills’ swanky Rodeo Drive, where Hollywood types shop for Balenciaga fashion and Cartier jewels.
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Each year, the Caretta shopping complex is illuminated and this year is no exception. The light show’s theme is Canyon d’Azur and features eight pillars of light that are activated by the ringing of a bell. The six-minute show activates 250,000 LEDs every 20 minutes.
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
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The iconic Melbourne Town Hall becomes a gift wrapped up in a bow thanks to the annual Christmas light projections. The show runs from 9pm to 10:20pm nightly until December 25.
Via Manzoni, Milan
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Milan is renowned for the festive lights that decorate the city’s squares, streets and public buildings and stay in place well into January.
Puerta del Sol, Madrid
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Madrid’s central square is decorated with a 35-metre-tall golden glowing Christmas tree each December.
Somerset House, London
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A Christmas market and pop-up ice-skating rink (as seen in the opening credits of the infamous Love Actually) bring festive cheer to Somerset House each year.
Ayala Triangle, Manila
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The Philippines capital holds an annual Festival of Lights, an extravaganza of light and sound that starts as early as November.
Royal Castle, Warsaw
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As if the storied Royal Castle in Poland’s capital weren’t beautiful enough, at Christmastime it’s forecourt is home to a Christmas tree decked out in glowing candy canes and presents.
Midtown, New York
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Gigantic red baubles come to 6th Avenue in Manhattan, looking ready to decorate the world’s biggest Christmas tree.
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In December, Zürich flicks the switch and its main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse becomes a glittering stretch of Christmas cheer culminating in the Christmas tree at Paradeplatz.
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This German city’s gorgeous old quarter becomes a bustling Christmas market in December, selling bratwurst and glühwein to festive crowds.
Sydney Town Hall
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Town Hall has long been a meeting place but at Christmastime it becomes a particularly lovely place to wait with festive illuminations projected on its face until December 25.
Midtown, New York
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A tangle of giant Christmas lights near Radio City Music Hall deliver yet another New York Christmastime must-see.
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The German city’s best Christmas market is marked with a large Christmas trees and an abundance of golden lights – you can’t miss it.
Federation Square, Melbourne
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Last year, there was a very Australian Lego Santa in Fed Square; this year there’s a six-metre-high white bauble.
Regent Street, London
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Spread-winged angels swoop over double-decker buses and shoppers on Regent Street in London’s West End during the Christmas season.
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
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There’s an ice-skating rink, performances and lots of twinkling LEDs at Cascade of Lights, a Toronto tradition.
Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
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Each year, a sparkling Christmas tree rises through the centre of the QVB. This year, it’s decorated with 85,000 Swarovski crystals and 65,000 lights – head to the third floor to see its glowing star.
Place Broglie, Strasbourg
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Strasbourg claims to be the capital of Christmas, and it’s making a strong case with these lights at its Christmas market, which dates back to 1570.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
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Myriad fairy lights decorate Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, where you can also find Christmas markets and illuminations projected over the lake.
Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Fireworks, light displays and carols played on loop over the sound system lend this waterside Sydney precinct a little Christmas magic.
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
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Each Christmas the forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace is transformed into a festive market with glassblowers, candle-makers and potters plying their wares among the Christmas lights. Have a slice of sachertorte for us!
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
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Singapore may be small, but it does Christmas on a large scale. Christmas Wonderland covers 57,000 square metres and includes markets, sculptures, the Ice Palace and a fairground.
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Gothenburg calls itself Christmas City, and with more than five million glimmering Christmas lights illuminating the city, it’s a fair call. There are only around six hours of daylight in Sweden during December, so the city’s squares, trees and buildings shine brightly.