Photos from around the world on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

An aerial picture shows Iraqi priests leading the Christmas eve mass at the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (Al Tahira-l-Kubra), in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, in Nineveh province, some 30 kilometres from Mosul, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP) (Photo by ZAID AL-OBEIDI/AFP via Getty Images)
Iraqi priests hold the Christmas eve mass at the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (Al Tahira-l-Kubra), in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, in Nineveh province, some 30 kilometres from Mosul, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP) (Photo by ZAID AL-OBEIDI/AFP via Getty Images)
A health worker dressed as Santa Claus waves to a child hospitalized in a hospital in Cali, Colombia, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Paola MAFLA / AFP) (Photo by PAOLA MAFLA/AFP via Getty Images)
A health worker dressed as Santa Claus walks along the corridor of a hospital in Cali, Colombia, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Paola MAFLA / AFP) (Photo by PAOLA MAFLA/AFP via Getty Images)
A vendor serves customers in a pastry shop in a commercial street in central Paris on December 24, 2020, on Christmas Eve, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Altar boys arrive ahead of Bishop of Nanterre who will lead a Christmas eve mass in front of catholic faithfuls at the Palais des Sports in Levallois-Perret, northwestern of Paris, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
A diver dressed as Santa Claus greets visitors at the Dubai mall aquarium, in the United Arab Emirates, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
A man queues for flowers outside a flower shop in a commercial street in central Paris on December 24, 2020, on Christmas Eve, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks walk past decorations of a department store in Paris on December 24, 2020, on Christmas Eve, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 24: A woman lights a candle at St. Marienkirche Protestant church on Christmas Eve during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on December 24, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. At St. Marienkirche, the traditional Christmas Eve service was streamed via YouTube and vespers were held outside. While in-person masses have not been banned in Germany under the current hard lockdown, most churches are offering alternatives, including outdoor gatherings and streamed services. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Barricades are seen outside the Saint Lucia’s Cathedral, the main Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, on Christmas eve as the area remain under a lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 24: A man holds a candle at the conclusion of outdoor vespers on Christmas Eve at St. Marienkirche Protestant church during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on December 24, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. While in-person masses have not been banned in Germany under the current hard lockdown, most churches are offering alternatives, including outdoor gatherings and streamed services. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A child dressed as Santa Claus is held up by his mother on the eve of Christmas at a church in Amritsar on December 24, 2020. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP) (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)
An employee prepares take-away menus in Breda restaurant, in Amsterdam, on December 24, 2020. – Restaurants remain closed this Christmas due to the corona rules, but many Dutch people collect their Christmas dinner or have it delivered at home. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
People give the final touch to a snow man on the eve of Christmas, in Karachi on December 24, 2020.   (Photo by Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP) (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)
Christian devotees offer prayers at the Church of Our Lady of Light on the eve of Christmas in Chennai on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP) (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Christian devotees take part in a mass service on the eve of Christmas, in Mumbai on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)
A Christian devotee sits in a church ahead of a mass service on the eve of Christmas, in Mumbai on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)
A firefighter dressed as Santa Claus waves to children and health workers through the window of the Simon Bolivar Hospital in Bogota on December 24 ,2020. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP) (Photo by JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)
Christian devotees stand in a queue to get registered before entering a church for a Christmas eve mass, in Surabaya on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) (Photo by JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP via Getty Images)
A couple (C) takes pictures with a Christmas-themed illuminated tree “Christmas gift tree” (back) on Christmas eve, in Roppongi district of Tokyo on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
Children play in front of Christmas decorations painted on a wall on Christmas eve in Islamabad on December 24, 2020.  (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers in face shields and mask patrols at the shopping street on Christmas eve, in Ueno district of Tokyo on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
People stand in front of the Christmas-themed illuminated installation “Snow light globe” on Christmas eve, in Roppongi district of Tokyo on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
A reverend leads a Christmas eve mass at a church in Jakarta on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images)
Christian devotees attend a Christmas eve mass at a church in Jakarta on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP) (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images)
A mannequin dressed as Santa Claus is seen at the entrance of a store selling Christmas items at the market in Adjame, a popular neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by SIA KAMBOU / AFP) (Photo by SIA KAMBOU/AFP via Getty Images)
Customers buy Christmas items at the market in Adjame, a popular neighbourhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on December 24, 2020. (Photo by SIA KAMBOU / AFP) (Photo by SIA KAMBOU/AFP via Getty Images)
Christmas decorations are seen illuminated on the eve of Christmas, in Siliguri on December 24, 2020. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP) (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images)
Christmas decorations are seen illuminated on the eve of Christmas, in Siliguri on December 24, 2020. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP) (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images)
Christmas decorations are seen along a road on the eve of Christmas, in Siliguri on December 24, 2020. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP) (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images)
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (C-R), Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, waves to people while walking next to a man dressed as St Nicholas (Father Christmas or Santa Claus) as he arrives to attend Christmas celebrations in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on December 24, 2020, while mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP) (Photo by HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images)
People walk past a new work by Italian street artist TvBoy depicting Santa Claus carrying the Covid-19 vaccine in his sack, in Barcelona on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Catholic devotees attend a Christmas eve mass maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, outside the Quiapo church in Manila on December 24, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
A worker wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, sprays disinfectant inside the Holy Mother of Expectation Church on the eve of Christmas, in Kadawatha on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)
A worker (R) wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, sprays disinfectant inside the Holy Mother of Expectation Church on the eve of Christmas, in Kadawatha on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)
A couple wearing face masks amid concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus take a selfie in front of an Christmas tree inside a shopping mall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask amid concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus holds up his dog for a photograph in front of a Christmas tree inside a shopping mall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
Two women wearing Christmas-themed face masks amid concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus take a selfie near a Christmas display at a shopping mall in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on December 24, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
A man stands next to a replica of Saint Basil’s cathedral set as a Christmas decoration in front of a five-star Radisson Collection Hotel on the bank of the Moskva River, formerly known as Hotel Ukraine, one of the city’s seven 1950’s Stalin skyscrapers, in central Moscow on December 24, 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus. – Russia hits two new records confirming 29,935 new Covid-19 daily cases including 8,203 in Moscow. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)
Deacons march with candles during a procession at the start of Christmas celebrations at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on December 24, 2020, while mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP) (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images)

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