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10 dazzling holiday light displays around the world

These seasonal displays brighten cities, salute time-honored traditions, and infuse busy corridors with a festive air.

Every winter thousands of twinkling lights illuminate cities across the globe to celebrate the season. From Japan’s hand-painted bulbs to Europe’s Christmas markets, here are 10 places to brighten up your holiday. Whether you’re cozying up at home or jetting off to a far-flung destination, capture the sites with these quick tips for photographing holiday lights.

This story was originally published in November 2011 under a different headline and updated December 2018.