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Vatican City: Christmas tree and Nativity lighting

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People gather before sunset

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The ceremony begins

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Opening remarks before the lighting

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The sun begins to set

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View of St. Peter's Square

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The Nativity scene is illuminated

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The Christmas tree lights turn on

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People gaze up at the lighted tree

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Closeup of the lights

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Decorative, lighted stars hang throughout the Square

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View of the final scene