Christmas lights illuminate cities across the world at end of dark year – ABC News

December 24, 2021 by No Comments

In the darkest days of the year, in a very dark time, there is a longing for illumination.

And so, all around the world, the holiday lights go on — some of them humble, some of them spectacular, all of them a welcome respite from the dark.

They make the streets an interactive experience.

There are tunnels of light to walk through, as pedestrians do in Tokyo, at the zoo in Johannesburg, and at the Holiday Road light show in Calabasas, California, to drive through, like at a mall in Panay, the Philippines, where visitors remain in their cars to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors walk through a light tunnel at a Holiday Road light show in Calabasas, California. (AP: Jae C. Hong)

This light tunnel is part of Johannesburg’s Joburg Festival of Lights, in the city’s zoo.(AP: Jerome Delay)

Drive-through Christmas installations have been set up in Pasay, Philippines, as a safety measure to help curb the spread of COVID-19.(AP: Aaron Favila)

There are real trees and man-made trees and ginormous trees, like the light sculpture in Vigo, Spain, which is said to be the biggest tree in the world, so big that adults and children stroll inside.

A woman holds a child as they stand inside a Christmas tree made of lights in Vigo, Spain.(AP: Lalo Villar)

Vigo goes all out for Christmas, stringing 11 million LED lights on more than 350 streets.

The Kremlin Wall, the Spasskaya Tower, Red Square, the GUM department store, the St Basil’s Cathedral and the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge are decorated for Christmas and New Year in Moscow.(AP: Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Some displays are municipal, like the silvery strings of light that adorn the lampposts of Moscow.

An electronics store at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, is lit up with Christmas lights.(AP: Thanassis Stavrakis)

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