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Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Cape Town? How about Rio, or even Moscow? With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the world is busy preparing for the major festivities to begin. With social media allowing us to spread our version of Christmas cheer to friends across the globe, our friends at Photobox have created a digital gallery that shares the best festive images from around the world.

Pulling images taken across thirteen major cities from Christmas last year, and combining them with interesting facts, Photobox’s snapshot of Christmas around the world is a great tool for investigating how the rest of the world celebrates this very special time of year.
For example, did you know…

Rome: The Italian capital prides itself as being the city where the celebration of Christmas began. The first Mass and the earliest nativity took place here in 1300.

Sydney: Children of Sydney believe that when Santa arrives in Australia, he gives the reindeer a rest and uses kangaroos. He also changes into cooler clothes.

Picture credit: Istock

LA: The Hollywood parade is longest standing Christmas tradition in LA. Santa, floats and marching bands travel down Hollywood Boulevard and people watch from the streets.

Rio: Friends pick each other's names secretly and talk with that person under a secret name throughout December. At Christmas, the truth is revealed and gifts are given.

Cape Town: Turning on the Christmas lights at Adderly Street is South Africa's biggest free open-air event. 80,000 people gather to see the mayor flick the switch.

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From Sydney to London: A snapshot of Christmas around the world
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