Christmas Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in so many different ways. From colorful decorations to festive food and music, various countries and cultures all have their own special ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. With Christmas just days away, we’d thought it’d be fun to share these snapshots of Christmas around the world:

In Dublin, Ireland, Nollaig Shona Duit lights up the road. It means ‘Merry Christmas’ in Gaelic.

(I Eat My Pigeon)

In Germany, star lamps are a traditional decoration that can be seen hanging all over town. These beautiful glowing lights were found in a Christmas market in Hamburg.

(Kristi Fuoco)

In Mexico, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without ponche, a warm tropical punch made with cinnamon, guavas and other fruits.

(The Mija Chronicles)

Christmas isn’t a public holiday in most countries in Asia, but you’ll still find stores stocking special Christmas snacks like these found in Taiwan.

(27°72’N 85°37’E)

South Korea celebrates Christmas with Santa Haraboji or Grandfather Santa. This figurine of Santa wears a ‘gat’, a traditional hat worn by men during the Joseon Dynasty.

(The Korean Way)

In the southern hemisphere, Christmas comes in summer. Here’s Papai Noel (Father Christmas) wearing his swim trunks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(Daily Rio Life)

Tell us—What’s Christmas like in your corner of the world?