Lighting up for Xmas

A girl taking a selfie in Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong, Philippines. The houses there are usually covered in lavish decorations during this season. An illuminated display at Oktyabrskaya Square in central Minsk, Belarus, is in the shape of a Chri
An illuminated display at Oktyabrskaya Square in central Minsk, Belarus, is in the shape of a Christmas bauble and is large enough for people to enter. PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
People attending a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City last Thursday. The city attracts thousands of pilgrims at Christmas every year.
People attending a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City last Thursday. The city attracts thousands of pilgrims at Christmas every year.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A girl taking a selfie in Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong, Philippines. The houses there are usually covered in lavish decorations during this season.
A girl taking a selfie in Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong, Philippines. The houses there are usually covered in lavish decorations during this season.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Trees wrapped up in lights outside a building in Beijing. Though Christmas is not a national holiday in China, the capital goes into a festive mood at this time.
Trees wrapped up in lights outside a building in Beijing. Though Christmas is not a national holiday in China, the capital goes into a festive mood at this time.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The dazzling Christmas lights and festive shop windows in Oxford Street, central London, are well known, and attract thousands of locals and tourists alike.
The dazzling Christmas lights and festive shop windows in Oxford Street, central London, are well known, and attract thousands of locals and tourists alike.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Giant displays at Luztopia - Mexico's festival of lights - which kick-starts the holiday season. Spread over 3km, it is one of Latin America's largest fests.
Giant displays at Luztopia - Mexico's festival of lights - which kick-starts the holiday season. Spread over 3km, it is one of Latin America's largest fests.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
These lighted trees are a beacon of hope in Newtown, Connecticut in the US, where a gunman killed 20 pupils and six adults at a school five years ago.
These lighted trees are a beacon of hope in Newtown, Connecticut in the US, where a gunman killed 20 pupils and six adults at a school five years ago.PHOTOS: REUTERS, NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Cities around the world have put up festive decorations and shimmering lights as part of celebrations this Christmas season. Here is a look at some of the most dazzling displays - from Beijing to London.

Cities around the world have put up festive decorations and shimmering lights as part of celebrations this Christmas season. Here is a look at some of the most dazzling displays from Beijing to London.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 17, 2017, with the headline 'Lighting up for Xmas'. Print Edition | Subscribe