In Photos: Celebrating Christmas in Cities Around the World

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Friday, December 7, 2012 | 12:55 AM

 

 

 

 

Compiled by MetroMarks.com

The holiday season is upon us, and around the world different cultures are celebrating Christmas. While Christmas and the holiday season have traditions going back hundreds of years, other cities revel in the Yuletide in unique ways. We've gathered together some fun photos of how Christmas is celebrated in cities around the world.....we hope you enjoy them!

 

Vienna

The world famous Weinachtsmarkt, one the world's most largest and most dazzling Christmas Market's. The market tradition in Vienna dates back to the 13th century, when the Austrian Emperor granted Viennese citizens the ability to sell their wares during Advent.

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(image courtesy of wienerliving.blogspot.com)

 

 

Manila

The Misa de Gallo, or Mass of the Rooster, the beginning of a 9 day ritual in the Philippines called Simbang Gabi. Bells begin ringing early Christmas morning, awakening the people of Manila to gather for Christmas Mass.

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(image courtesy of hawaiicatholicherald.wordpress.com)

 

 

Moscow

Because of the Orthodox Gregorian calendar, Christmas is celebrated later in Russia, sometimes as late as the second week in January. Russian children are visited with presents by the blue garbed Grandfather Frost "Dyed Moroz" and his granddaughter, The Snowmaiden.

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(image courtesy of carnegie.ru)

 

 

New York City

A New York City tradition, the holiday spirit in the Big Apple is epitomized by the 90 foot tall Christmas Tree, complete with over 5 miles of lights, that adorns the Rockefeller Center.

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(image courtesy of kathika.com)

 


Dublin

A less traditional annual celebration, hundreds of fun loving Dubliners gather at the Forty-Foot Seawater Pool in Sandycove on Christmas Day to have an icy-swim.

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(image courtesy of thejournal.ie)

 

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Festivities in Puerto Rico go from early December to Three Kings Day on January 6th. The city of  San Juan has exhuberant Christmas celebrations, featuring the lights at City Hall on the Plaza de Armas and the promenade at Paseo de la Princesa.

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(image courtesy of gopuertorico.about.com)

 

 

Sydney

Christmas is celebrated on Sydney's Bondi Beach, complete with the traditional Christmas Tree. You may even see Santa Claus himself on a surfboard!

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(image courtesy of Martin Panzer)

 

 

New Orleans

Hundreds of participants take part in a mass Christmas Carol celebration each year in The Big Easy's Jackson Square.  This candlelight tradition has been part of Christmas in New Orleans for over 50 years.

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(image courtesy of new-orleans.travora.com)

 

 

Caracas, Venezuela

On Christmas morning the roads of capital city of Caracas are closed to vehicles until mid-morning so that Venezuelans can take part in an annual tradition-roller skating to the Christmas Mass.

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(image courtesy of smosh.com)

 

 

Nuremberg, Germany

No other city celebrates Christmas quite like Nuremburg. Over 2 million visitors descend upon this German city's Old Quarters, where traditional celebrations include a massive Christmas Market complete with delights like gingerbread, Zwetschgenmannle (prune people), roasted sausage, spiced wine, toys and decorations.

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(image courtesy of wiveswithknives.net)

 

 

What is your favourite Christmas city? Do you have any travel experiences or unique Christmas customs in your city? Join our discussion below and tell us all about it.

 

 

 

 

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The Conversation

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Susan Campbell wrote: 1:13pm December 7, 2012

Great article and pictures! Some very interesting traditions from all over the world!

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Austin Briggs wrote: 1:47am December 9, 2012

Very cool compilation - loved it!

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Adam Zettler wrote: 12:05pm December 9, 2012

Thanks Susan and Austin. The tradition of roller skating on Christmas morning in Caracas was something I had never heard of before I researched this piece-very cool!

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