Seasonal illuminations around Christmas time have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan and none is more beautiful than the Kobe Luminarie. After the Kobe earthquake of 1995, Italy donated thousands of hand-painted bulbs to the city and these were transformed into an intricate, gothic-style luminarie designed by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka. The tradition continues, and every year from Dec. 1-12, around four million locals and tourists alike come to celebrate Japan's enduring resilience near Higashi-Yuenchi Park. Photo by Yuko Yasumi. Chicago Tribune.
Christmas in Medellin, Colombia, is a time of families coming together to celebrate and enjoy the simple pleasure of looking at amazing decorations. In December, the city's thoroughfares, roads and parks are covered in thousands of fairy lights, with the most impressive displays found in Avenue la Playa and the Medellin River. Photo by Raul Arboleda. Chicago Tribune.
With a name like the City of Lights you'd expect Paris to shine at Christmas and it certainly doesn't disappoint. During the day you'll come across the usual bustle of tourists at the iconic sites, but night time is when the magic really happens. With the sparkling Eiffel Tower, glitzy Champs-Elysees and starry streets, the city feels like a real-life fairy tale after dark. Photo by Rancois Durand. Chicago Tribune
Christmas in Rome. From larrymuffin.blogspot.com
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