How Christmas is celebrated all over the world

  • Chinese women in Santa Claus hats walk to work around Christmas time in the city of Wuhu, located in the Anhui province of China.
  • A man in a Santa Claus suit rides an elephant at a Christmas party in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • A bulldog wearing a Santa Claus hat in Southhampton, N.Y. in 2013.
  • A Christmas tree on Wall Street in New York City, in 1988.
  • A man in a Santa Claus suit on the New York City subway in 1976.
  • A “Living Christmas Tree” at the The Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, Ga.  in 1990.
  • A child sits on Santa’s lap at Harrods in London in 2002.
  • Inflatable Christmas decorations at a Walmart in Bowling Green, Ohio.
  • Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Mich. in 2012.
  • Salvation Army workers sing Christmas songs to homeless men in Amsterdam in 1964.
  • Presents under a Christmas tree in New South Wales, Australia.
  •  Pakinstani and Indian contractors serve Christmas dinner to U.S. troops at an Army base in Najaf, Iraq in Dec., 2005.
  • A Christmas tree in India.
  • A Christmas tree in a window in Murmansk, Russia.
  • A Christmas party in Harlem in 1963.



Every year, those little red hats and decorated trees find their way onto every continent across the globe. Christmas is never just a religious holiday but also a cultural touchstone, saying a little about each society and what traditions they hold onto. Here’s a look at how people ring in and remember the holiday season, wherever they may be.

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