Pope Francis Christmas
Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on 24 December 2015 Reuters

The world celebrated Christmas in different ways but all shared the festive spirit. From colourfully decorated trees to snow-covered parks to special basketball games, people all over the world rejoiced. IBTimes UK takes a pictorial look at some.


The Queen used her Christmas Day address to remind us about light triumphing over the dark in a year that has seen "moments of darkness".

Queen Christmas message
Queen Elizabeth at her desk in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth Reuters

A colourfully decorated London street with trees, stars and fancy lights.

X-mas in london #chirstmas #christmaslondon #fashion #fashionista

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The London eye looks spectacular with the bright red splash.

Bond Street had this unique red ribbon for shopping lovers on Christmas.

Hope you all enjoyed unwrapping your Xmas presents ???

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Pope Francis waves at a gathering that eagerly waited for his gesture on Christmas day. In his address he urged the world to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that, he said, were causing immense suffering in many countries.

Pope on Christmas
Pope Francis waves during the "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican REUTERS

Obamas greet troops

President Barack Obama saluted US troops, thanking them for their sacrifice, besides paying tribute to US soldiers who were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

US President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, arrives to speak at a Christmas reception with service members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Lakers game

While many celebrate Christmas in traditional fashion, basketball fans were in for a special treat from the Lakers.

New York

Amid a "tropical" Christmas, some New Yorkers celebrated the weather too by boating with their Santa caps on.

New York
People at the lake in Central Park, New York REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Sydney, Australia

Revellers at Bondi Beach eye an inflatable reindeer and decorated Christmas tree set up by surf lifesavers as they celebrate summer Christmas in the southern hemisphere.

Visitors at Bondi Beach, near Sydney, on 25 December. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Adelaide, Australia

A beautifully-lit neighbourhood in Adelaide, in southern Australia, on Christmas day.


Madrid greeted visitors and residents with this magnificent Christmas tree.


Belgium celebrated Christmas in the shadow of terror. The city has reeled from terror threats and stepped up security since news that the Paris attacks mastermind and another fugitive were hiding in or around Belgium.

Belgian soldiers patrol along "Winter Wonders", a Christmas market on Brussels' Grand Place, Belgium REUTERS/Francois Lenoir


Hope springs eternal in this part of the world as a Santa sits between symbolic coffins during a rally to pay tribute to Palestinians who, organisers said, were killed by Israeli troops on Christmas day in Gaza City.

Christmas in Palestine
A Palestinian wearing a Santa Claus costume holds a candle REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Sao Paulo, Brazil

A Sao Paulo resident shared this beautiful post of the city decked in Christmas lights.

#christmasinbrazil Feliz Natale de São Paulo do Brasil

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Fireworks are reflected in the waters of the Yenisei River during a ceremony to open the city's Christmas and New Year tree in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Russia Christmas
Christmas and New Year tree in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on 25 December REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin


Worshippers congregated outside the All Saints Cathedral after attending a special mass for Christmas Day.

Mass on Christmas Day in Kenya's capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis


The predominantly Hindu country has a significant number that celebrates Christmas, as seen in at the St. Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata.

India Kolkata
People attend a Christmas Eve mass at St. Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata, REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, crafted this mammoth Santa sand piece to promote world peace.

World's tallest Santa
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik hopes the gift of "world peace" from Santa this year Sudarsan Pattnaik