Deck the hall: cities around the world transformed by festive lights - in pictures

Before and after: take a look at public buildings and squares around the world decorated with holiday lights after a hard year due to the coronavirus pandemic

Many nations will see a muted Christmas this year as restrictions on visiting friends and relatives abound.

But cities around the world are bringing the festive spirit nonetheless, with brilliant sparkling displays of lights.

Take a look at our gallery to see cities before and after their decorations were unveiled.

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