The end of the year is a special time for people all around the world. Even where Christmas is not celebrated, red Santa caps, decorated trees and gift giving abound, mixed with religious and secular aspects of local holiday culture. This year, Quartz partnered with
photo-sharing community EyeEm, to ask local photographers from London to Japan to show how they prepare for winter holidays. Here are their answers: Milan, Italy A man overlooks a Christmas market while walking along the Navigli of Milan. Strasbourg, France The Strasbourg Christmas market, the oldest in Europe. Cologne, Germany Christmas trees for sale at an open air market in Cologne, Germany. Bohol, Philippines A group of children dance in a performance organized by a local church to raise money after Typhoon Bopha on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. Miyoshi, Japan A reveler lights a sparkler in Miyoshi, Japan Cali, Colombia A child in Cali, Colombia partakes in Dia de las Velitas, a tradition celebrated on eve of the Immaculate Conception in December. Eltham, Australia The photographer holds up a shot of Jagermeister during a Christmas lunch in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. London, UK The 2015 Santa Skate in London near Knightsbridge. Tokyo, Japan A holiday street scene in Shibuya, Tokyo. Lugano, Switzerland Decorated balconies in Lugano, Switzerland. Auckland, New Zealand @debbieu Wintertime decorations in Auckland, New Zealand, where Christmas is typically warm. Lisbon, Portugal Decorations in Lisbon, Portugal’s historical Alfama district. Nijmegen, Netherlands @FrameMePleasePics Nijmegen (the Netherlands) Bucharest, Romania A holiday market in Bucharest, Romania. Durango, Mexico A window in Durango, Mexico. Singapore An enormous Christmas decoration in front of ION Shopping Mall, Orchard Road, Singapore.