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Madrid, Spain
Madrid’s 17th-century Plaza Mayor at Christmas time is exciting and full of energy. Large crowds of people gather daily to take in the festivities. Over 100 vendors and artists line the plaza offering everything from Yuletide treats to Nativity scene figurines. There’s even a beautiful carousel for the kids. And at the center of it all towers an enormous cone-shaped Christmas tree installation (real trees are no longer used throughout most Spanish public areas).

© Flickr/Cristina Barroso