Here's a look at celebrations and Christmas displays from across the world.

Afghanistan

>> U.S. Specialist army Gloria Camacho, left, other soldiers, and service members with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) hold lit candles on Christmas eve at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2014.

Senegal

>> In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, a Senegalese man uses his smart phone to photograph a display of Christmas lights in the shape of a giant tree, in central Dakar, Senegal.

North Carolina
Associated Press

>> In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, various holiday figures and colored lights fill the yard of a home on Hawks Nest Court in Cary, N.C.

Arizona

>> Christmas lights stretch across the street on Natal Circle Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Gilbert, Ariz.

The Vatican

>> Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Heralded by the blare of trumpets reflecting Christmas joy, Pope Benedict XVI is presiding over Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, packed with tourists, Romans and other faithful. The ceremony began at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) Monday night instead of the traditional midnight start time, which was changed at the Vatican years ago to let the pontiff rest before a Christmas Day speech to be delivered the next day from the basilica's central balcony.

Alabama

>> In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo, thousands of colorful lights and decorations fill the yard of this Montgomery, Ala., home.

California

>> In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 a firehouse along the Embarcadero is lit up with Christmas lights in San Francisco. In the background is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. San Francisco's fireboats are also housed at the station.

Maryland

>> In this Dec. 10, 2012 photo, ornaments made from Old Bay seasoning containers decorate a home on 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Residents on the block decorate their rowhouses with over-the-top lights and decorations in the annual tradition known locally as the "Miracle on 34th Street."

Israel

>> A cross is held during Christmas celebrations outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Thousands of Christian worshippers and tourists arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born.

California

>> In this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Christmas lights and ornaments adorn a house on Castro Street in San Francisco.

Mexico

>> A girl cries as she poses for pictures with a man disguised as Santa Claus in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Arizona

>> Unable to compete with her neighbor, Eric Cyr, Kristina Green opted to decorate her home, left, with a 450-light "Ditto" sign and an arrow pointing to Cyr's 20,000-light Christmas display, as shown Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in Maricopa, Ariz.

New York

>> This Dec. 4, 2012 photo shows spectators viewing a a giant Santa Claus at a decorated home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Each holiday season, tour operator Tony Muia takes tourists from around the world on his “Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour” visiting the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, where locals take pride in over-the-top holiday light displays.

Hong Kong

>> Students play Christmas songs during Christmas eve along the shore of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Monday Dec. 24, 2012. Christmas is a public holiday and recognized as commercial event rather than religious event in Hong Kong.

Alabama

>> In this Tuesday, Dec. 2012 photo, colorful Christmas figures fill the yard of Michael Goldsmith who has decorated his Montgomery, Ala., home and yard for over thirty years before dying of cancer earlier this year. For 34 years Goldsmith filled his yard with hundreds of Christmas decorations. Friends memorialized him this year by continuing the lighting display at his house.

Ohio

>> This Dec. 12, 2012 photo shows the holiday lighting display at the home of Norm and Michele Rados in Olmsted Township, Ohio. Rados said it takes four to five weekends of work to finish his annual holiday display leading up to the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

California

>> In this Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 photo, Adriana Leiss and her daughters Gabriella and Amelia replace burned out light bulbs on their 1965 Chevy pick-up truck decorated for Christmas at their house, on what is known as "Candy Cane Lane" in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

Maryland

>> In this Dec. 10, 2012 photo, people walk past holiday decorations on homes on 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Residents on the block decorate their rowhouses with over-the-top lights and decorations in the annual tradition known locally as the "Miracle on 34th Street."

Missouri

>> Trevor Walter, right, and his son, Sebastian, 6, pose for a photo by Susie Walter, left, in front lead aquarist David Cochran, dressed as Santa, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at SeaLife Aquarium in Kansas City, Mo.

Michigan

>> A man dressed as Santa Claus holds 1-week-old Zachary Nicolson for a Christmas visit at Twelve Oaks Mall on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Novi, Mich.

Japan

>> Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer work at a shopping mall in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

South Korea

>> Trees are decorated with lights to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians.

Belgium

>> People walk past a Christmas tree at the Grote Markt in the city center of Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. The Grote Markt lies in the heart of the old city and is beautifully surrounded by the Town Hall and the houses of the Guilds.

Belgium

>> People mingle in a Christmas market in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. A Christmas market. complete with a big wheel, is set up yearly in the old city on the banks of the River Schelde.

Senegal

>> In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, Muslim vendors set up a display of Christmas decorations and inflatable Santas on a street corner in central Dakar, Senegal.

Iran

>> Iranian Muslims take picture with Santa Claus before Christmas, in a Christian neighborhood in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Mexico

>> A man disguised as Santa Claus rides a motorcycle in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Virginia

>> In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo, visitors take photos in front of homes decorated with thousands of holiday lights in Richmond, Va.

Japan

>> Fireworks explode over Christmas illuminations at Tokyo Bay area in Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

Alaska

>> In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, Esther Butler rearranges the blankets surrounding her son, Ezekiel, as she performs the role of Mary during a live Nativity scene set up by the Kodiak Baptist Mission in Kodiak, Alaska. The Nativity, which has been conducted by the mission for the past 14 years, attracted more than 500 viewers as part of the mission's Currier and Ives Christmas celebration. Esther's husband, Arnel, played the role of Joseph of Nazareth.

Arizona

>> In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 photo, a woman walks along Natal Circle viewing Christmas lights in Gilbert, Ariz.

India

>> Special needs children take part in a Christmas celebration in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

Israel

>> A Catholic pilgrim looks at lit candles outside of the Grotto at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Thousands of Christian worshippers and tourists arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born.

Hong Kong

>> Visitors take picture outside a shopping mall on Christmas eve in Hong Kong Monday Dec. 24, 2012. Christmas is a public holiday and recognized as commercial event rather than religious event in Hong Kong.

Sri Lanka

>> A Sri Lankan man reacts to camera as he shops for decorative items on the eve of Christmas in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

India

>> Indian students sporting Santa Claus attire ride a cycle rickshaw to celebrate Christmas in Amritsar, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

Alabama

>> In this Tuesday, Dec. 2012 photo, colorful Christmas figures fill the yard of Michael Goldsmith who has decorated his Montgomery, Ala., home and yard for over thirty years before dying of cancer earlier this year. For 34 years Goldsmith filled his yard with hundreds of Christmas decorations. Friends memorialized him this year by continuing the lighting display at his house.

Afghanistan

>> Christmas decorations are seen outside a Church, as a U.S. army solider with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walks the Church on Christmas eve at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2014.

The Vatican

>> A Vatican security officer stands by the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square that was unveiled at the Vatican Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has lit a Christmas peace candle set on the windowsill of his private studio overlooking square. Pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered below in St. Peter's Square for the inauguration Monday evening of a Nativity scene and cheered when the flame was lit. Later, he will appear in St. Peter's Basilica to lead Christmas Eve Mass.

Colorado

>> Volunteers take phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house, during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday Dec. 24, 2012. Over a thousand volunteers at NORAD handle more than 100,000 thousand phone calls from children around the world every Christmas Eve, with NORAD continually projecting Santa's supposed progress delivering presents.

Iran

>> Iranian Christians pray in the Christmas mass at the Saint Mary Chaldean- Assyrian Catholic church, in downtown Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Israel

>> Christian worshippers and tourists celebrate at the Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Thousands of Christian worshippers and tourists arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born.

Texas

>> Warren Brooks wears a Santa costume as he plays his instrument in the 35th Annual Dallas Merry Tubachristmas Concert at Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. According to organizers of the event, over 200 tubas and euphoniums gathered to play Christmas carols.

Iran

>> Iranian Christians perform Christmas mass at the Saint Joseph Chaldean- Assyrian Catholic church, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Massachusetts

>> People skate on an ice rink on Boston Common in Boston, on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

North Carolina
The News & Observer, Travis Long

>> Santa Claus helps steady Ejada Hunter, center left, and Bryson Harper, right, on roller skates as Josh Redford, left, zips past on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, during a holiday skate with Santa at United Skates of America in Raleigh, N.C.. "Not many people know but Santa is an avid skater. He can skate backwards, shoot the duck, and do a whole bunch of disco moves," said the rink's disc jockey, Addison Yarborough.

Alaska

>> In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, Christmas lights brighten the Fairview home where Stephan Fields and his girlfriend Becky Gagnon live in Anchorage, Alaska.

Cuba

>> Children play around a statue depicting baby Jesus after a Mass to reenact his birth during Christmas celebrations at the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

New Jersey
The Record, Amy Newman

>> The Rev. Wesley W. Smith presides over a Christmas Eve service at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Saddle River, N.J.

New York
The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.

Christians hold candles at a Christmas Eve service at the Chapel at Crosspoint in Getzville,NY on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Bosnia

>> Bosnian Croat girl holds candle welcoming worshipers to attend a Christmas Mass at a church in the village of Morancani, near Tuzla 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

California

>> In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 photo holiday lights from a bridge are reflected in the canal waters in the Venice section of Los Angeles.

Virginia

>> Franco Stocco tosses a pan full of chestnuts he was roasting on an open fire in front of Violino Ristorante Italiano, a restaurant he owns on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 on the Loudoun Street Mall in Winchester, Va.. He has been roasting chestnuts and offering free samples on Christmas Eve for 15 years. This year, to add to the tradition, snow started falling Monday afternoon.

Indonesia

>> In this late Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 photo, a giant Christmas tree is displayed as Indonesians pray during a Christmas eve service at a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

California

>> In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 photo, Christmas lights decorate a home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.