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25 Breathtaking Christmas lights displays around the world

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Natalie van der Meer - published on 12/23/18

From Italy to Australia, these sparkling scenes are sure to brighten your day.

The Christmas tree is very much a religious Christian symbol, even though people of many faiths and faith levels decorate one in their homes and delight in seeing them around town and in public settings simply because it “feels Christmassy.” The lights themselves are a very important symbol of the coming of Christ — believers recognize this already. In the early days of the Church and Christmas trees (which has origins representing the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden), the lit candles on and around the tree symbolized the Eternal Light — Jesus — coming into to this world and into our hearts.

Which is why no matter where you go in the world, you’re bound to see festive lights, strung up to celebrate the season of Christ, and bring cheer to our souls — and not just on pine trees, but on buildings and streets. And spectacular ones at that.

Let these stunning displays from around the world and across the U.S. remind us that Christ, whether we realize it or not, is all around us …

Moscow, Russia

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia

https://www.instagram.com/p/Brgayu8nw31/

Porto, Portugal

Berlin, Germany

Tokyo, Japan

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrZD-JUAbRw/

Midrand, South Africa

Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy

Milan, Italy

Basilica of Saint Antonio, Padua, Italy

https://www.instagram.com/p/BN-ZbAKBEWH/

London, England

https://www.instagram.com/p/BN927diAh4L/

Downtown London, England

Paris, France

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOSCXFuAD86/

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, France

Budapest, Hungary

Belfast, Ireland

https://www.instagram.com/p/BN-aqHmD_Wm/

Stockholm, Sweden

Plaza Romania, Bucharest, Romania

Victoria Harbor, British Columbia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQPp0mjj9l/

Cleveland, Ohio

Salt Lake City, Utah

Denver, Colorado

Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

Austin, Texas

Coconut Grove, Florida

La Salette, Attleboro, Massachusetts

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrdBU-Onw8i/


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Read more:
The history of Christmas tree lights: From fire hazards to “festoons”

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