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Light Up, Light Up: beautiful Christmas trees from around the world

Trees have been used for centuries at a time of celebration. Worshipped in pagan times, they were a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt. The tradition of erecting a tree to celebrate Christmas has its origins in Germany, but trees have come to symbolise the end of year and celebrations around the world.

Lonely Planet Travel News takes a look at some of the beautiful and diverse Christmas trees on display in cities around the world.

Madrid

Christmas Trees
A tree at the Plaza de Colon, Madrid, Spain. Image by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Beijing

Christmas trees
A cyclist rides past a Christmas tree at Wangfujing Street in Beijing, China. Image by VCG/Getty Images

Prague

Old Town Square at the Christmas market in Prague, Czech Republic.
Old Town Square at the Christmas market in Prague, Czech Republic. Image by Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Stockholm

The lights of Stockholm's biggest Christmas tree being switched on for the first time this year.
The lights of Stockholm’s biggest Christmas tree being switched on for the first time this year. Image by Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images

Vladivostok

A decorated Christmas tree erected in Central Square,Vladivastok Image by: Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty

Washington, DC

US President Barack Obama speaks during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's
US President Barack Obama speaks during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President’s Park, December 1, 2016 Image by Paul Morigi/Getty Images

London

St Pancras Station unveils it's Cirque du Soleil 'Amaluna' Christmas tree
St Pancras Station unveils it’s Cirque du Soleil ‘Amaluna’ Christmas tree Image by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Sapporo

Christmas in Sapporo
Winter illuminations  in Sapporo, Japan. Image by Getty Images

Edinburgh

Christmas Tree Maze in Edinburgh,Scotland. The Christmas Market is situated in Princes Street Gardens.
Christmas Tree Maze in Edinburgh,Scotland. The Christmas Market is situated in Princes Street Gardens. Image by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images