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With the California Capitol glistening Tuesday night like a giant ornament, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presided over the state's 77th official Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the west steps. Here is a look at Christmas decorations around the world. (26 images)

Gov. Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver led the celebration of the 77th Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at in Sacramento on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Brian Baer /


A merry go round is seen at the traditional Christmas market which opened in Frankfurt, central Germany, on Wednesday, Nov. 26. AP / Michael Probst

Visitors await the opening ceremony of the world renown Christmas market in Nuremberg, southern Germany, Friday, Nov. 28. AP / Matthias Schrader

People dressed Santa Claus cross Fifth Avenue near St. Patrick's Cathedral during the annual Sidewalk Santa parade in New York, Friday, Nov. 28. The Santas will will become familiar faces in midtown New York through Dec. 24, collecting donations to provide food support to more than 6,600 needy people through the Volunteers of AmericaĆ­s Hope and Hearth Food Voucher program. AP / David Goldman

Tens of thousands of people gather around a Christmas tree, newly lit for the start of the Christmas season, in the Old Town square in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 29. AP / Petr David Josek

Choristers of the folklore ensemble "Tetky z Kyjova" (Aunts from Kyjov) sing Christmas carols in front of a giant angel after the Christmas tree was lit at the start of the advent in the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Nov. 29. AP / CTK / Rene Fluger

Russ Twoey, 33, left, and his father Gary Twoey, 56, right, touch the original Leg Lamp during their tour of the house that was made famous in the film "A Christmas Story" on Friday, Nov. 28 in Cleveland, Ohio. AP / The Plain Dealer / Lisa DeJong

The traditional holiday light display illuminates the Denver City County Building late on Wednesday, Dec. 3. AP / David Zalubowski

Sarah Barlow of Wimberley decorates a Christmas tree in "The Front Parlor" which is owned by her brother Robert Johnson and his wife Iris Speed in preparation for Dickens on the Strand on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Galveston, Texas. Barlow, who owns a sister shop in Wimberley brought Christmas decorations to Galveston for her brother's store which lost all of theirs during Hurricane Ike. AP / The Houston Chronicle, Sharon Steinmann

The "Unter den Linden" boulevard is illuminated with fairy lights as Christmas approaches in Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The background shows the landmark Brandenburg Gate. AP / Miguel Villagran

Visitors to a Christmas fair ride an illuminated merry-go-round in Berlin, Monday, Nov. 24. The Berlin TV tower is pictured left. AP / Miguel Villagran

A couple kisses outside the Apple Store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile as a Santa display sports an iPhone Saturday, Nov. 29. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

A worker climbs a 33-meter high Christmas tree-shaped cake designed by cakemaker Nila Sari, Friday, Nov. 28 at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian renowned baker Nila Sari attemps to break into the Guinness Book of Records by making the world's highest Christmas tree cake to a towering 33-meter-high. AP / Achmad Ibrahim

A diver in Santa's costume plays with a white whale at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 22. AP / Itsuo Inouye

Shoppers gather around the the Christmas decorations at a shopping mall in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Dec. 7. The spirit of Christmas is felt very much in Muslim-dominated Malaysia as shopping malls and hotels in Malaysia has started decorating their premises with Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus and carols to add the mood of the up-coming festive season. AP / Lai Seng Sin

Four year-old Mahoganie Whitaker looks skyward as she thinks about what she would like Santa to bring her for Christmas as they visit Thursday, Nov. 20. at Columbia Place Mall in Columbia, S.C. AP / Mary Ann Chastain

Filipino Mangyan tribe people from Oriental Mindoro, central Philippines, cook a meal as they rest beside railway tracks in Manila on Monday, Dec. 1. These Mangyan tribe people said they flocked to the capital, Manila, like other villagers living in poor areas, to beg for alms during the Christmas season. AP / Aaron Favila

Philippine Senator Miguel Zubiri, left, reacts as he is presented with a solar-powered Christmas lantern by environmentalist group Greenpeace Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Philippine Senate in Manila. The presentation was made ahead of the Dec. 6 Global Day of Action to coincide with the United Nations climate meeting in Poland. AP / Bullit Marquez

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3. AP / Diane Bondareff

South Korean children wearing Santa Claus outfits wait to participate in a ceremony to prepare charity pots for a year-end fund-raising campaign for the underprivileged at the Salvation Army office in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 26. AP / Ahn Young-joon

South Korean kindergartens participate in a charity concert to raise money for the poor on a street in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 4. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea where over half of the population are Christians. AP / Ahn Young-joon

South Korean Christians, left bottom, sing a song at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 1. AP / Yonhap, Han Sang-kyun

Amusement park employees dressed as Santa Claus laugh during a class of Santa Academy as part of promotional event for the Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 26. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with over half the population being Christians. AP / Lee Jin-man

A Santa Claus doll is placed in front of a Christmas ornament shop in Hanoi's Old Quarter neighborhood, Vietnam, Monday, Dec. 1. Vietnam has about 6 million Catholics, the second largest in Southeast Asia after the Philippines. Santa Claus and Christmas trees are popular in Vietnam. AP / Chitose Suzuki

People walk past the New York Stock Exchange after the 85th annual Christmas tree lighting, Thursday, Dec. 4, in New York. AP / Mary Altaffer

Brandon and Katharine Logan of Roseville, and Brenda Genneio of Dryden were picking out their Christmas trees, as the heavy snows began to fall at the Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm Sunday Nov. 30 in Oxford, Mich. AP / The Detroit News / Charles V. Tines

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