Christmas Day around Europe in pictures
Arij Limam and Riaz Jugon

Christmas Day 2020 may look a little different than usual, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic's continued hold on the world.

But that hasn't stopped people from getting into the festive spirit and spreading seasonal cheer. 

From a socially distanced Christmas mass to festive hats worn with face masks, here are some pictures from across Europe.


Orthodox worshippers in Albania wear protective face masks and stand at a distance from one another as they attend Christmas mass at The Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral in Tirana. /Gent Shkullaku/AFP


In Russia's capital Moscow, a dog owner snaps a very cute photo of their dog enjoying the snow in front of Nancy Schon's sculpture, based on a beloved children's story Make Way for Ducklings and adorned with Christmas decorations. /Alexander Nemenov/AFP


A Christmas hat is spotted at the European Council building in Brussels as European Union ambassadors and representatives convened on Christmas Day to start an assessment of the 2,000-page free-trade deal the EU struck with Britain. /Olivier Hoslet/AFP


Usually a bustling tourist hotspot, London's Trafalgar Square looked relatively empty – except for Nick and Charlie, who sat to enjoy a festive al fresco breakfast after their planned trip to visit family was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. /Tony Hicks/AP Photo


Another empty site was St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, as worshippers watched Pope Francis deliver the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world') streamed on their phones from a safe distance away. /Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo


British royals Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, celebrated Christmas at their private residence of Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. COVID-19 restrictions in many parts of the UK meant that different households could not mix indoors in areas with a high number of cases. /Clarence House/The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall/AFP

Cover image: Alexander Nemenov/AFP

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