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O Christmas lights! Spectacular illuminations in Toronto and worldwide

Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm EDT

Christmas reindeer at Yonge and College streets on Nov. 30, 2015. 680 NEWS/Diana Pereira.

The Christmas rush is all around us. But have you taken some time to marvel at the light show in your city or neighbourhood?

As the sun begins to set and darkness envelops the earth, magical Christmas lights illuminates the night sky.

While some say no one does Christmas better than Europe, you don’t have to travel that far to gaze at the festive lights. Just head down to your local street, to Nathan Phillips Square, the Toronto Christmas Market, or Parliament Hill.

If you are travelling to Europe this holiday season, there are plenty of lights displays that will surely make you do the happy dance.

Below is a roundup of photos in Canada and around the world. Enjoy!


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Parliament Hill is illuminated for the Christmas season in a photo posted to Twitter on Dec. 9, 2015. Photo via Twitter.com/@CdnHeritage.
Parliament Hill is illuminated for the Christmas season in a photo posted to Twitter on Dec. 9, 2015. Photo via Twitter.com/@CdnHeritage.

 

An illuminated Christmas tree at Commerce Court in Toronto on Dec. 5, 2015. 680 NEWS/Diana Pereira.
An illuminated Christmas tree at Commerce Court in Toronto on Dec. 5, 2015. 680 NEWS/Diana Pereira.

 

Christmas reindeer at Yonge and College streets on Nov. 30, 2015. 680 NEWS/Diana Pereira.
Christmas reindeer at Yonge and College streets on Nov. 30, 2015. 680 NEWS/Diana Pereira.

 

Virgin Money Street of Lights launches with a specially designed architectural installation of 26 arches of 60,000 lights stretching along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Nov. 30, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Roberto Ricciuti.
Virgin Money Street of Lights launches with a specially designed architectural installation of 26 arches of 60,000 lights stretching along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Nov. 30, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Roberto Ricciuti.

 

Christmas lights on buildings in the old town reflect on the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Dec. 2, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Marco Secchi.
Christmas lights on buildings in the old town reflect on the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Dec. 2, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Marco Secchi.

 

A view of the Rockefeller Center Tree during the 83rd Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2015 on Dec. 2, 2015 in New York City. GETTY IMAGES/WireImage/D Dipasupil/WireImage.
A view of the Rockefeller Center Tree during the 83rd Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2015 on Dec. 2, 2015 in New York City. GETTY IMAGES/WireImage/D Dipasupil/WireImage.

 

A man photographs the Christmas lights and Christmas decorations in front of the Monte-Carlo Casino on Dec. 9, 2015 in Monaco. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Valery Hache.
A man photographs the Christmas lights and Christmas decorations in front of the Monte-Carlo Casino on Dec. 9, 2015 in Monaco. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Valery Hache.

 

A lightened Christmas tree is seen at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania on Dec. 8, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Anadolu Agency/ Rustam Mikayilli.
A lightened Christmas tree is seen at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania on Dec. 8, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Anadolu Agency/ Rustam Mikayilli.

 

People walk on a bridge as Christmas lights illuminate the Darsena dei Navigli, the neighborhood named for the canals that run through this area of Milan, Italy, on Dec. 16, 2015. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Antonio Calanni.
People walk on a bridge as Christmas lights illuminate the Darsena dei Navigli, the neighborhood named for the canals that run through this area of Milan, Italy, on Dec. 16, 2015. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Antonio Calanni.

 

The Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, on Dec, 10, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
The Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, on Dec, 10, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

 

Decorations and lights at the Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, on Nov. 28, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
Decorations and lights at the Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, on Nov. 28, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

 

Strings of lights at the Christmas market in Innsbruck, Austria, on Dec. 4, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
Strings of lights at the Christmas market in Innsbruck, Austria, on Dec. 4, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

 

Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany, on Dec. 7, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany, on Dec. 7, 2015. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

 

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