GALLERY: Christmas around the world

The Vatican Christmas tree in St Peters Square.  Picture: REUTERS
The Vatican Christmas tree in St Peters Square. Picture: REUTERS
The Place de la Concorde in Paris.  Picture: REUTERS

The Place de la Concorde in Paris. Picture: REUTERS

A Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, London.  Picture: REUTERS

A Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, London. Picture: REUTERS

US President Barack Obama lights the national Christmas tree in Washington, DC.  Picture: REUTERS

US President Barack Obama lights the national Christmas tree in Washington, DC. Picture: REUTERS

Fireworks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.  Picture: REUTERS

Fireworks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Picture: REUTERS

People walk among the lights in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

People walk among the lights in Frankfurt, Germany. Picture: REUTERS

Runners dressed as Santa take part in a race in Berlin. Picture: REUTERS

Runners dressed as Santa take part in a race in Berlin. Picture: REUTERS

German soldiers in Afghanistan. Picture: REUTERS

German soldiers in Afghanistan. Picture: REUTERS

People walk past a Christmas tree in St Petersburgh, Russia.  Picture: REUTERS

People walk past a Christmas tree in St Petersburgh, Russia. Picture: REUTERS

Monte Carlo casino in Monaco.  Picture: REUTERS

Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. Picture: REUTERS

Visitors enjoy the scenery in Grabovnica, Croatia. Picture: REUTERS

Visitors enjoy the scenery in Grabovnica, Croatia. Picture: REUTERS

Christmas decorations in Cwmbran, Wales. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Christmas decorations in Cwmbran, Wales. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The Vatican Christmas tree in St Peters Square.  Picture: REUTERS

The Vatican Christmas tree in St Peters Square. Picture: REUTERS

A woman lights a candle in Athens, Greece.  Picture: REUTERS

A woman lights a candle in Athens, Greece. Picture: REUTERS

US First Lady Michelle Obama reads to children in Washington, DC. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

US First Lady Michelle Obama reads to children in Washington, DC. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

A man dressed as Santa rides a scooter in San Francisco, California. Picture: REUTERS

A man dressed as Santa rides a scooter in San Francisco, California. Picture: REUTERS

A person dressed as Santa at a market in Madrid, Spain. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

A person dressed as Santa at a market in Madrid, Spain. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Inmates create ice sculptures in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Picture: REUTERS

Inmates create ice sculptures in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Picture: REUTERS

Revellers in Trafalgar Square in London. Picture: REUTERS

Revellers in Trafalgar Square in London. Picture: REUTERS

A diver dressed as Santa Claus in Seoul, South Korea.  Picture: REUTERS

A diver dressed as Santa Claus in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: REUTERS

Revellers in Trafalgar Square in London. Picture: REUTERS

Revellers in Trafalgar Square in London. Picture: REUTERS

A man stands in front of a Christmas tree in Bethlehem. Picture: REUTERS

A man stands in front of a Christmas tree in Bethlehem. Picture: REUTERS

Christmas decorations made of cartridges in a German camp in Afghanistan. Picture: REUTERS

Christmas decorations made of cartridges in a German camp in Afghanistan. Picture: REUTERS

A bridge is lit up in Vancouver, Canada.  Picture: REUTERS

A bridge is lit up in Vancouver, Canada. Picture: REUTERS

A Christmas fair in Warsaw, Poland.  Picture: REUTERS

A Christmas fair in Warsaw, Poland. Picture: REUTERS