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Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its holiday charm
with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.



The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are
the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace'
represent the 50 U.S. states.



The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio,
in Italy's Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire,
 the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city



A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo's night-time neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.



Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.



Venice's Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone
Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.

 

Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7.
For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival
on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden.
He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

 

The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in
the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal. Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to
the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.



'Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree': Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel
in Germany's Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

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