The Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany, December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
People are seen on a pier in front of a giant illuminated Christmas ball in Larnaca, Cyprus December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
A couple is seen inside an artistic light installation as part of the Christmas "Winter Wonders" festivities in central Brussels, Belgium December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, harvested from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, is lit on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Fireworks explode around Rio's Christmas tree during its lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Landau
A woman takes a selfie during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Constantina Peppa
Shoppers make their way as lights of the "Carnaby Project Zero" illuminate Carnaby Street in the Soho district in London, Britain, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Festive decorations and illumination lights for the upcoming New Year and Christmas season are unveiled in Minsk, Belarus December 15 , 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
People watch the lighting of The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A woman holding an umbrella walks along a street with festive illumination lights for the upcoming New Year in Saint Petersburg, Russia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
People attend the Great Lanterns of China light festival in Pakruojis manor, Lithuania December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
People stand near Christmas lights placed over Guaire river in Caracas, Venezuela December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
A woman jumps for a photo in front of festive lights for the upcoming New Year in Yevpatoriya, Crimea, December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak
A child plays on a tree decorated with Christmas lights at Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 20, 2019. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
People attend the lighting ceremony of Christmas decorations and the Swarovski Christmas tree in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in downtown Milan, Italy, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
A man installs decorative lights on a church ahead of Christmas celebrations in Ahmedabad, India, December 23, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
People stroll among Christmas light installations formed as elks at the Raoul Wallenberg Square in central Stockholm, Sweden December 22, 2019. Helena Landstedt /TT News Agency/via REUTERS
People look on light installations at the "Alternative Christmas Yard" in the former Lukiskes prison yard in Vilnius, Lithuania December 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
Fireworks explode during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City December 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Shoppers make their way as Christmas lights illuminate Regent Street in London, Britain, December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Christmas lights and a Christmas tree are pictured in Duomo Square in downtown Milan, Italy, December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
People view luminarie light sculptures amid snow foam during the Christmas Wonderland event at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, December 15, 2019. REUTERS/Loriene Perera
A man walks at Morazan Square, which has been decorated with Christmas lights, in San Salvador, El Salvador December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
The Swarovski Star is seen atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree during the Christmas tree lighting show at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New York, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Salisbury Cathedral celebrates the beginning of Advent with a candle-lit service and procession, "From Darkness to Light" in Salisbury, Britain, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Visitors pose at a light installation as the illuminated trail opens at Kew Gardens in west London, Britain, November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
People gather at Marques de Larios street, decorated with Christmas lights, in downtown Malaga, southern Spain, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
People walk under trees decorated with Christmas lights at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny
Santa makes appearances all over the world leading up to Christmas.
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Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.
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