17 Images Showing the Holidays Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

By Jenna Black - 4 min read

See the festive photos from our Mission with Quartz

Snowflakes, Christmas markets and bright colored lights are upon us, and that ‘home for the holidays’ feeling is just around the corner.In our recent Mission with global news outlet Quartz, we challenged you to capture ‘The Culture of the Holidays’ on a global scale. From street festivals and intimate family gatherings to Christmas details fit for a (newborn) king – you delivered!

The winners, also featured in an online gallery by Quartz, showcase Christmas in all its joyful glory in places like Japan, New Zealand, Colombia and beyond. See below for the winners, and check out Quartz online gallery to see the stories behind the photos.


Milan, Italy:


By Matteo Capuzzi

Lisbon, Portugal:

built structure

By Ira Simonova

Miyoshi, Japan:

Close-up of man holding firework at night

By Mubariz Khan

Milan, Italy:

People enjoying at illuminated christmas market during foggy weather

By Matteo Capuzzi

London, England:

large group of people

By Benjamin van der Spek

Durango, Mexico:

Closed window

By Carlos Angel

Cologne, Germany:

Christmas tree wrapped outdoors

By Jasmin Awad

Bucharest, Romania:

Low angle view of red light bulbs hanging against built structures

By Gryllus Minimus

Eltham, Australia:

real people

By Peter Sawers

Auckland, New Zealand:

real people

By debbieu

Nijmegen, Netherlands:

High angle view of christmas presents on table

By Frame Me Please

Lugano, Switzerland:


By Elena

Strasbourg, France:


By Alessio Miccoli

ION Orchard, Singapore:

green color

By Kevin

Bohol, Philippines:

full length

By Sania Jelic

Shibuya, Japan:

Traffic on city street at night during christmas

By Koukichi Takahashi

Cali, Colombia:


By Keiko Tanaka

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