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Christmas Season Kicks Off Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/26/10 12:10 PM ET   Updated: 09/20/11 06:05 PM ET

The coming weekend marks the unofficial start to the 2010 holiday season, and retailers around the world have been busy decking their halls in preparation.

In many European nations, including Germany, open-air Christmas markets began enticing shoppers with a spectacular blend of spirited kitsch and tasty goodies, while in Japan, some of the festivities took on a seafaring vibe, with costumed penguins and divers joining in on the fun at a local aquarium.

Marvel at some of the most dazzling Christmas decorations in cities around the world here:

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Buses drive down London's Oxford Street under the Christmas lights.
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