From Berlin to Kuala Lumpur and beyond, holiday lights illuminate city streets and homes across the globe..
The day in pictures around the world.
The Christmas market at Alexanderplatz in Berlin opened on November 24, 2014. Christmas markets will open across Germany this week and stay open through the end of December to sell Gluehwein, Christmas decorations, sweets and other delights in an annual tradition.
Jan. 7 Daily Brief: White whales perform in China, glow-in-the-dark dancers take Las Vegas stage and Christmas celebrations still in full swing for some around the world
White whales perform in China, glow-in-the-dark dancers take Las Vegas stage, Christmas celebrations still in full swing for some around the world and more in today’s daily brief.
The crisis in South Sudan continues, severe weather strikes Western Europe, survivors of typhoon Haiyan observe Christmas and more in today’s daily brief.
Dec. 24 Daily Brief: Crossing into Egypt, Pope Francis and baby Jesus and a Christmas polar bear plunge
Children dressed in Santa Claus costumes pose in front of a sand sculpture featuring Jesus Christ, Santa hangs out with fishermen, last-minute deliveries and more in today’s daily breif .
Krampus, a sort of anti-Claus, horned beast who stuffs bad children in his sack, brandishes birch branches, rattles chains and spirits away naughty kids to eat them, drown them or take them on a holiday tour of hell. Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels in early December to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.