JOHANNESBURG - The festive season would be nothing without some spectacular Christmas lights.
It is impossible to resist the twinkling and sparkling magic that decorates trees, buildings and special structures at night.
Since the start of December, cities around the world, even in places you would not associate with Christmas, have been displaying beautiful lights.
FILE: People walk at a market with Christmas decorations in Amman, Jordan, December 15, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
FILE: A girl takes a selfie in front of a Christmas lights installation in Mandaluyong City, metro Manila, Philippines, December 14, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
FILE: The Montagne Avenue is decorated with Christmas illuminations during the holiday season in Paris, France, December 18, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
FILE: People walk on a street with Christmas decoration in Tbilisi, Georgia, December 18, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
FILE: A girl walks past Christmas decorations in front of an office building in Beijing, China December 14, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Jason Lee
FILE: Christmas lights are seen as people stroll downtown in Medellin, Colombia December 10, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Fredy Builes
FILE: A man takes a selfie with his phone as he walks beneath Christmas street lights on Republic Street in Valletta, Malta, December 8, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
FILE: A general view of the Christmas tree in Vilnius, Lithuania December 6, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
FILE: Pedestrians walk on the Boulevard Haussmann surrounded by Christmas lights in Paris, France, December 5, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
FILE: People ride on a double-decker bus beneath Christmas street lights on Regent Street in London, Britain, December 1, 2017. CREDIT: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
In Cape Town, South Africa, the water shortage is so dire not once cannot forget about it even during Christmas.
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