The year came to a close with a series of special moments in art, culture, and politics that were captured in striking pictures from across the globe. People everywhere were feeling festive throughout the holiday season, with a mix of Christmas-themed markets, competitions, and art displays. Meanwhile, the royals made several appearances during the month of December, and the world also honored Nelson Mandela following the former South African leader's passing. Take a look at stunning photos from around the world to see the end of 2013 in pictures!
December's Best Pictures From Around the World