GALLERY: Spectacular Christmas lights from around the world


People walk past a Christmas tree in front of a Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, December 18, 2017.

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. 

(Pic: Instagram, @@cwlategan).