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In pictures: Christmas tree world

Christmas tree in Barakaldo, Spanish Basque Country

It's a Christmas tree but perhaps not as we know it - a 40m (131-foot) giant in the Spanish Basque Country.

Christmas tree at Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Conventional Christmas trees - like the expanding one in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet - just seem to get bigger. This one stands at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Christmas Tree by Nelson's Column, London

As with Berlin's tree, the one rivalling Nelson's Column on London's Trafalgar Square is a gift from Norway.

Christmas tree at the Coliseum, Rome

In another European capital, Rome, a Christmas tree has been erected for the first time at the Coliseum

Mountain slope Christmas tree in Gubbio, Italy

The Italian town of Gubbio has a giant Christmas tree picked out in lights on nearby Mount Ingino.

Giant glass tree on Murano Island, Venice, Italy

This is one tree you would not want to knock over: a 8.5-m (28-foot) creation by the glass workers of Murano, Venice.

Christmas tree by St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Russia had "New Year's Trees" in Soviet times. This year, Moscow's Red Square boasts a giant artificial tree but the decoration looks fairly traditional.

Christmas tree in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, Rio de Janeiro

This tree in Rio de Janeiro is not only artificial - it even floats, moored on the Brazilian city's Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.

Giant Christmas baubles on 6th Avenue in New York

Among the skyscrapers of New York, even the baubles have to be giant, it would seem.

Coconuts for the tree at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon City near the Philippine capital Manila

Coconuts are being used to decorate this giant artificial tree in a suburb of the Philippine capital, Manila.

Christmas tree Chongqing Municipality, China

And Christmas also increasingly features in non-Christian Asia. Here in Chongqing, China, the tree is made up of 100,000 Coca Cola cans - another Western import...

Illuminated tree in Geneva, Switzerland

But for simplicity itself, here is French artist Geraud Periole's real tree illuminated in festive colours in Geneva, Switzerland.

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