At the end of the year, many parts of the world are brightened by glittering displays. Holidays and festivals bring people out at night for a visual treat and interiors are bathed in festive lights. Life is made more colorful for a variety of celebrations. -Leanne Burden Seidel ( 37 photos total)

Sara Cervantes takes pictures of Christmas decorations at Pershing Square, Dec. 6, in Los Angeles.(Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)