Christmas trees around the world

Dec 03, 2011, 13:56 PM IST
Actress Olivia Wilde unveils the Swarovski Star for the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York.
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Actress Olivia Wilde unveils the Swarovski Star for the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York.

Lebanese workers are hoisted aloft by a crane, as they decorate a Christmas tree with the slogan of
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Lebanese workers are hoisted aloft by a crane, as they decorate a Christmas tree with the slogan of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in three languages, English, French and Arabic, in preparation for upcoming Christmas, in Beirut, Lebanon.

A 2.4-meter-tall Christmas tree, studded with pure gold, is displayed at a jewelry store in Tokyo. The tree is made of gold plates and leaf which weigh a total 12 kilograms. The tree, not for sale, is worth 150 million Yen or USD 2.1 million.
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A 2.4-meter-tall Christmas tree, studded with pure gold, is displayed at a jewelry store in Tokyo. The tree is made of gold plates and leaf which weigh a total 12 kilograms. The tree, not for sale, is worth 150 million Yen or USD 2.1 million.

Hundreds of people gather on the traditional Christmas Market of Frankfurt, Germany, that was opened with the lightning of the christmas tree.
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Hundreds of people gather on the traditional Christmas Market of Frankfurt, Germany, that was opened with the lightning of the christmas tree.

A Christmas tree illuminates the Old Town Square as the traditional Christmas market opens in Prague, Czech Republic.
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A Christmas tree illuminates the Old Town Square as the traditional Christmas market opens in Prague, Czech Republic.

Fireworks explode over an 85-meter long floating Christmas tree at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas neighborhood as it is lit for Christmass season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Fireworks explode over an 85-meter long floating Christmas tree at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas neighborhood as it is lit for Christmass season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 74-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit using 30,000 energy efficient LED lights during the 79th annual lighting ceremony, in New York.
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The 74-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit using 30,000 energy efficient LED lights during the 79th annual lighting ceremony, in New York.

A Christmas tree, made up of 276 teddy bears, is displayed as part of a promotional event for the upcoming Christmas at Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul.
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A Christmas tree, made up of 276 teddy bears, is displayed as part of a promotional event for the upcoming Christmas at Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul.

Britain`s Prime Minister David Cameron poses for pictures along with visiting civilians outside his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, after switching on the Downing Street Christmas tree lights.
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Britain`s Prime Minister David Cameron poses for pictures along with visiting civilians outside his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, after switching on the Downing Street Christmas tree lights.

The Norwegian Christmas tree stands with its lights switched on after the annual lighting up ceremony backdropped by the National Gallery and flanked by a clock counting down to the start of the London 2012 Olympic games in Trafalgar Square, London.
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The Norwegian Christmas tree stands with its lights switched on after the annual lighting up ceremony backdropped by the National Gallery and flanked by a clock counting down to the start of the London 2012 Olympic games in Trafalgar Square, London.

The National Christmas Tree is pictured after it was lit on the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington.
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The National Christmas Tree is pictured after it was lit on the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington.

People visit the Castle Square to see the Christmas Tree in Warsaw, Poland. The tree is 27 metres, or 88.5 ft, high.
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People visit the Castle Square to see the Christmas Tree in Warsaw, Poland. The tree is 27 metres, or 88.5 ft, high.

A giant,150-foot tall digital Christmas tree is unveiled on the Toshiba Vision and TDK screens atop One Times Square in New York, signaling the beginning of a new holiday tradition at the “Crossroads of the World.”
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A giant,150-foot tall digital Christmas tree is unveiled on the Toshiba Vision and TDK screens atop One Times Square in New York, signaling the beginning of a new holiday tradition at the “Crossroads of the World.”

An illuminated Christmas tree stands by the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy.
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An illuminated Christmas tree stands by the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy.

A giant Christmas tree stands in the middle of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.
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A giant Christmas tree stands in the middle of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

A Chinese couple look at a 12-meter-tall Christmas tree made of 320 bicycles on display at a shopping mall in Shenyang in northeast China`s Liaoning province.
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A Chinese couple look at a 12-meter-tall Christmas tree made of 320 bicycles on display at a shopping mall in Shenyang in northeast China`s Liaoning province.

A huge Christmas tree in downtown Liege, Belgium.
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A huge Christmas tree in downtown Liege, Belgium.

According to the market organisers, the world`s largest Christmas tree towers above the Christmas market in the city center of Dortmund, Germany. The 45 meter high Christmas tree is made of 1700 spruces, weighs 30 tons and and is illuminated by 40.000 lights.
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According to the market organisers, the world`s largest Christmas tree towers above the Christmas market in the city center of Dortmund, Germany. The 45 meter high Christmas tree is made of 1700 spruces, weighs 30 tons and and is illuminated by 40.000 lights.

Palestinians watch the lighting of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in West Bank town of Bethlehem.
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Palestinians watch the lighting of a Christmas tree at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Pilgrims and tourists gather around the 30 meters (98 feet) Christmas tree in St. Peter`s square at the Vatican, that was lit for the first time. The tree was supplied by Ukraine. In background is the St. Peter`s Basilica facade.
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Pilgrims and tourists gather around the 30 meters (98 feet) Christmas tree in St. Peter`s square at the Vatican, that was lit for the first time. The tree was supplied by Ukraine. In background is the St. Peter`s Basilica facade.

Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Weimar, central Germany.
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Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Weimar, central Germany.

Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Weimar, central Germany.
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Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Weimar, central Germany.

The Christmas Tree at the Rotuses square in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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The Christmas Tree at the Rotuses square in Kaunas, Lithuania.

A Christmas tree and lights decorate Bolivar square in Bogota, Colombia.
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A Christmas tree and lights decorate Bolivar square in Bogota, Colombia.

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People walk through a "tunnel of lights" set up by a Christmas tree and other trees decorated for illuminations in Tokyo, Japan.