It’s that time of year around the world when those celebrating Christmas start getting in the festive spirit.
One of the trademarks of the period is Christmas decorations or, more specifically, Christmas lights, with many homes and cities adorning themselves in the sparkling glow of the holiday season.
Major port cities, in Asia, Europe and North America, are no different; here are some of the most famous shipping destinations in the world all ready for Christmas to arrive.
The stunning skyline of Shanghai will always dazzle, even when Christmas is months away, but as these streets at the Lujiazui Pudong New Area show, the home of the world’s largest port makes a special effort during the festive period.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Operations at Europe’s largest port won’t stop this Christmas, but there will certainly be celebrations in Rotterdam as Santa’s arrival approaches. How many presents will he be able to fit beneath this massive tree?
Long Beach, California, USA
Speaking of huge Christmas trees, is there one more colourful than this dazzling centrepiece in Long Beach?
The City Hall in Belgium’s largest shipping hub is already an impressive and historically rich structure, but the building is even more beautiful at Christmas time.
Singapore, a focal point for the maritime sector in South Asia, is a breath-taking sight to behold at Christmas, attractions like the Christmas Wonderland in Garden by the Bay attracting thousands of visitors.
Town squares will become centres of festivity all around Europe this Christmas, and this marketplace in Hamburg, home to Germany’s largest port, is clearly decorated for the holiday season.