Christmas Markets in Germany

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Rowers dressed in Santa Claus costumes took part in the Christmas Regatta on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Christmas cheer is spreading around the world as we speak. In the Big Apple, drunk revelers dressed up and ran through the city for the SantaCon bar crawl, and in Australia, a family beat the world record for most Christmas lights on a home with 500,000. Over in Germany and the Czech Republic, the traditional markets are up and selling mulled wine and ornaments, and department stores in fashion capitals like London and Paris are unveiling their festive storefronts. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year now with these pictures of preparations.