Russia: A life in ballet
The iconic "Nutcracker" ballet has become a Christmas tradition around the world. DW's Juri Rescheto went behind the scenes of a production in Vladivostok, where one young dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy got the chance of a lifetime.
France faces Christmas travel chaos over transport strikes
French travelers heading home for the holidays faced canceled trains and packed roads, as a strike over pension reform showed no signs of easing. Macron urged for a "truce" and for striking workers to act "responsibly."
Croatians head to presidential polls in tight race
Around 3.8 million voters can pick among 11 candidates, but only three are at the forefront. The government has been criticized for setting the date three days before Christmas when many people are travelling.
Christmas: Midnight mass in the Gaza Strip
Dozens of Christian Palestinians attend midnight mass in the Gaza Strip to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas amid border closure: how affordable is rice?
As Nigeria continues to partially close its land borders with Benin and Niger, shoppers in Nigeria continue to lament the high price of rice and other commodities as they celebrate Christmas.
Tourism's gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland
Record numbers of holidaymakers are now visiting Finland's northern Lapland region in winter, in search of an authentic Christmas experience. But despite the economic benefits, the tourism boom faces backlash over concerns about the impact on the area's indigenous Sami people, and implications for the environment in the vulnerable Arctic region.
Season's Greetings: Hong Kongers write Christmas cards to jailed protesters
Hong Kongers gather during lunch time to pen words of encouragement on Christmas cards for anti-government protesters in jail.
German police arrest suspects in murder of fireman
A group of seven young men beat to death a firefighter in front of his wife and another couple after they visited Augsburg's Christmas market. The murder has shocked the city and the wider state of Bavaria.
5 tips to avoid massive Christmas debt
1. Make a budget and stick with it A budget is helpful in many facets of life. Christmas is no different. 2. Don't forget to budget hidden costs Things like holiday travel, Christmas parties or children's activities are easy to overlook, but are an important part of the budget and more.