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Fireworks explode around Rio’s Christmas tree on Dec. 12.
DARK OUTSIDE

Photos: See the world light up for the holidays

By Loubna Mrie

From Beirut to Ottawa, holiday lights are being strung. On Christmas trees, sure, but also across city buildings, bursting in the sky, and on massive ice sculptures in subzero climates. Below, this series of photos reveals the allure of winter lights at the darkest time of the year.

Ottawa, Canada

Reuters/Chris Wattie

Milan, Italy

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Dallas, USA

AP Images/Brandon Wade

Beirut, Lebanon

Reuters/Jamal Saidi

Gavle, Sweden 

Reuters/TT News Agency

Bogota, Colombia

Reuters/John Vizcaino

Brussels, Belgium

Reuters/ Yves Herman

Bethlehem, West Bank

Reuters/Abdelrahman Younis

Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Munich, Germany

Reuters/Michael Dalder

Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria

Reuters/Leonhard Dalder

Harbin, China

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