No snow in sight: Shortly before sunrise, thanks to the foehn, the sky over Upper Swabia presents a view of the Alpine chain more than 100 kilometers away. Christmas Eve brings a lot of clouds and a lot of rain during the day, so no snow this year either – and if it does, it’s more likely to be wet and cold.
The Megyeri Bridge connects the north of Budapest with the Hungarian city of Budakalász. The 1,862 meter long cable-stayed bridge is the longest of the eleven Danube bridges in Budapest and the second longest bridge in Hungary. Every December, the highway bridge is illuminated so that its suspension looks like a Christmas tree.
Surviving instead of receiving gifts: A boy sits at a hole in the wall of a building covered with tarpaulin in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Even on Christmas Eve, the population can’t relax – the Israeli army has expanded its ground operations over the Christmas period.
Praying for peace: 100 kilometers northeast, in the West Bank, Christian believers light candles in front of an icon in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
The main thing is white: In the Jing’an district in Shanghai, you can enjoy artificially simulated snow, which is sprayed as foam, in the garden of a flower shop.
Jogging in Madrid: In the Spanish capital, thousands take part in the morning Santa Claus run. Before and during the Christmas season and at New Year, running events take place in many countries in which people take part for a good cause, dressed as Santa Claus, elf or Grinch.
Hand in hand: These people courageously venture out for a Christmas swim in the Jizera in water temperatures of around three degrees Celsius in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, north of Prague.
Icicles in bathrobes: In Germany too – for example in Senftenberg in Brandenburg – people go into the ice-cold water: members of the winter swimming club “Pirrlliepausen”, an old North German term for icicles, make their way to the four-degree-cold Senftenberg Lake for the traditional Christmas swim .
Shivering in style: In Lake Geneva, which is eight degrees warm, you can almost bear it. This small society raises its glasses in the public bath “Bains des Paquis” in downtown Geneva.
Motorcade with a difference: In the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, participants in a flash mob are trying to set the Russian record by parking around 800 vehicles so that they form the shape of a Christmas tree.
To cry: Even man’s most loyal friend is not safe from the Christmas hustle and bustle and its excesses. Judging by the looks on their faces, the two dogs being pushed through Tokyo’s city center can’t understand what the “Oh you happy one” is supposed to mean about this disguise.
Hot Christmas: In Australia it can be 30 degrees at this time of year, at least in the north of the country. In Melbourne, on the other hand, the temperatures are moderate, and conditions are apparently optimal for shopping in the Bourke Street Mall.
Christmas Eve in the Congo: In order for this man in western Muanda to be able to afford something, he first has to set off with his empty canisters to buy fuel from Angola and sell it again. The country in Central Africa has a third of the area of Australia, but four times as many people.