The house of Filipino businessman Domingo Dalisay is wrapped in Christmas lights in Mandaluyong city, suburban Manila on December 22, 2008.The Dalisay family have started the tradition of decorating their house with Christmas lights in 1996 where visitors flock to admire and enjoy the colorful sight as Filipinos celebrate Christmas with their families. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD
Credit: ROMEO GACAD
People dance at Stonehenge on December 21, 2008 in Wiltshire, England. Hundreds of people gathered at the famous stone circle to watch the sun rise on Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year.
Credit: Peter Macdiarmid
Doctors perform surgery on a panda named Xiaoming December 20, 2008 in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. It takes 14 doctors 40 minutes to complete the eye operation on the giant panda at Shaanxi Rescuing & Raising Research Centre for Rare Wild Animals.
Jean-Philippe Patthey rides his bike in Ushuaia at the end of Tissot Transamerica Expedition, on December 20, 2008 in Ushuaia, Argentina. Patthey, the world-known adventurer, performed an approximately 15, 500 miles ride on his bike traveling from North America to South America.
Credit: Lalo Yasky
Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes are seen at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park, on December 19, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognise Christmas as a national holiday.
Credit: Chung Sung-Jun
Sand esculpture works are seen at the Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition 'DinoStory' at Frankston Waterfront on December 19, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition, which will take 21 artists three weeks to construct, will be open to the public from December 26 to April 25.
Credit: Luis Enrique Ascui
'Mermaid' Hannah Fraser swims in the new exhibit at Sydney Aquarium built to house dugongs Pig and Wuru on December 19, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. The exhibit will open to the general public on December 19, featuring the 2 orphaned marine animals which have been relocated from Sea World.