I chose 5 photos out of the newspaper picture galley, from 5 different places, in no particular order, the photos below were some of the first in the gallery.
The link to the Christmas Photos from around the world is below the last photo. The photos in the gallery are only small, and are shown 1 at a time, so loading should not be a problem.
I hope you enjoy the Preparations for Christmas around the world.
A Christmas tree is illuminated on December 3, 2011 after a lighting ceremony in front of the Cathedral hall in the center of Vilnius. Lithuania (AFP PHOTO / PETRAS MALUKAS)
People visit the Castle Square to see the just-lit Christmas Tree in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. The tree is 27 metres, or 88.5 ft, high. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Lebanese enjoy fireworks lighting the sky as a giant Christmas tree is illuminated during the launch of 2011 Christmas Festivities in Beirut on December 3, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)
A giant Christmas tree during the opening of the Strasbourg Christmas market, which is the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. Beginning in 1570, Strasbourg opened its Christmas Market around its prestigious Cathedral. Since that time, its reputation in Europe has only increased, thanks to its merchant tradition as well as its spirit of tolerance and humanism that constitute its history and identity. (AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORIN)
Fireworks explode over an 85-meter long floating Christmas tree at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas neighborhood as it is lit for Christmass season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
More photos of Xmas around the world in The Daily Telegraph.