Christmas trees around the world

Dec 15, 2012, 13:15 PM IST
The Swarovski-decorated specimen in the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Standing at nearly 70 feet tall, the tree is decorated with 120 giant crystals and rests on a chandelier base with 5,000 smaller crystals. Courtesy: cntraveler
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The Swarovski-decorated specimen in the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Standing at nearly 70 feet tall, the tree is decorated with 120 giant crystals and rests on a chandelier base with 5,000 smaller crystals. Courtesy: cntraveler

Christmas tree is lit in Prague. Courtesy: cntraveler
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Christmas tree is lit in Prague. Courtesy: cntraveler

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

The 24 meters (78.74 feet) Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
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The 24 meters (78.74 feet) Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

The 24 meters (78.74 feet) Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.
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The 24 meters (78.74 feet) Christmas tree is lit in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

Fireworks explode over the state Capitol following the ceremonial lighting of the official state Christmas tree in Lansing, Mich.
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Fireworks explode over the state Capitol following the ceremonial lighting of the official state Christmas tree in Lansing, Mich.

An abstract light-installation Christmas tree illuminates the Grand Place in Brussels.
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An abstract light-installation Christmas tree illuminates the Grand Place in Brussels.

Spectators watch the Christmas illuminations at the Royal Treaty street in Warsaw, Poland.
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Spectators watch the Christmas illuminations at the Royal Treaty street in Warsaw, Poland.

People walk past a Christmas tree in Red Square, with the GUM State Department Store at right, in Moscow.
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People walk past a Christmas tree in Red Square, with the GUM State Department Store at right, in Moscow.

A Christmas tree stands lit up to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday in front of City Hall in Seoul, South Korea.
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A Christmas tree stands lit up to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday in front of City Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

The State Capitol Christmas Tree in Sacramento, Calif., shines against the nighttime sky.
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The State Capitol Christmas Tree in Sacramento, Calif., shines against the nighttime sky.

President Barack Obama speaks during the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House in Washington.
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President Barack Obama speaks during the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House in Washington.

The lit up tree is seen during the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London.
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The lit up tree is seen during the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen after being lit by House Speaker John Boehner and Ryan Shuster, 17, of Colorado Spring, Colo., on the Capitol grounds in Washington.
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The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen after being lit by House Speaker John Boehner and Ryan Shuster, 17, of Colorado Spring, Colo., on the Capitol grounds in Washington.

Angels in lights frame the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as seen from the Channel Gardens after the tree was lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.
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Angels in lights frame the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as seen from the Channel Gardens after the tree was lit during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

People walk at a Christmas Market during heavy rain in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and St. Severi's Church in Erfurt, central Germany.
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People walk at a Christmas Market during heavy rain in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and St. Severi's Church in Erfurt, central Germany.