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Winter wonderland

Around the world, frosty weather blankets beautiful landscapes and creates icy fun for the young at heart.

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Horning in

Sledders in horned helmets glide to the finish line of the of the traditional horn sledge race in a valley near the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. More than 90 sleds took part in the traditional event on Jan. 6.

Christof Stache / AFP
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Frost and fireworks

Fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the official opening of the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival in the northern Chinese city of Harbin.

David Gray / X00503
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Stripes and snow

Tigers prowl the snowy Siberia Tiger Park in Harbin, China, on Jan. 7. The park is one of the largest breeding centers for endangered Siberian tigers.

How Hwee Young / EPA
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Dome to a turn

An ice sculpture mimics the architecture of Saint Basil Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square on Jan. 5.

Yuri Kadobnov / AFP
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Frosted forest

Horses pull a sledge through snow-covered woods in the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof on Jan. 5.

Christian Charisius / X00910
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River floe

A Ukrainian man walks on the frozen Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine, on Jan. 3. Temperatures in the Ukrainian capital dropped to 28 degrees.

Sergei Chuzavkov / AP
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Horsey hoarfrost

Frost covers the eyelashes of a horse in the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof, Jan. 5.

Christian Charisius / X00910
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Peaking out

Clouds and blowing snow form a halo around Mount Rainier as seen from Seattle on Dec. 30.

Elaine Thompson / AP
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Walking in a winter wonderland

Two people walk through a band of heavy lake-effect snow falling near Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Jan. 5.

Amy Sancetta / AP
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Sled racers

A father sleds with his daughter near Bonn, Germany, on Dec. 25.

Wolfgang Rattay / X00227
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Walking on thick ice

A worker walks on a snow sculpture featuring camels prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China on Dec. 24. The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival kicks off on Jan. 5.

Sheng Li / X02193
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Wake-up call

A man swims in a partially frozen pond as another prepares to jump in after snowfall at Hampstead Heath in London on Dec. 19.

Matt Dunham / AP
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Picture perfect

A snow covered Stormont estate is pictured in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Dec. 17.

Peter Muhly / AFP
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Mirrored beauty

Fresh snow on the trees in the Harz mountain range in Sonnenberg, Germany, Nov. 27.

Frank May / DPA
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Wild nature

Deer are seen in a pasture as snow covers the landscape near Schinnen, southern Netherlands, Dec. 17.

Ermindo Armino / AP
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Super snowman

A 31-foot snowman dubbed "Milocinek," who wears a barrel for a hat and a road safety cone for his nose, greets children in Pierwoszow village near Trzebnica, Poland, on Dec. 11.

Grzegorz Hawalej / PAP
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Black swans

Two swans move across the water during a spell of frosty fog in the Oslofjord, Norway, on Dec. 7, 2010.

Larsen, Hakon Mosvold / AFP
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Bread bath

Ducks fight for bread on the River Kelvin in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 7, 2010.

Andy Buchanan / AFP
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Winter's web

Hoar frost clings to a spider's web around Pickmere Lake in the Cheshire countryside in Knutsford, United Kingdom on Dec. 3. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have severely disrupted Britain's infrastructure.

Christopher Furlong / Getty Images Europe
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White vista

Roofs in the old town of Bern, Switzerland are covered by snow on Dec. 2. Heavy snowfalls hit large parts of Central Europe.

Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
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Cold canopy

A man skiis in the Thuringian Forest in Oberhof, Germany on Dec. 2. Large parts of Germany were hit by heavy snowfalls and icy winds.

Jens Meyer / AP
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Stroll noir

People walk along the Moskva river at the outskirts of Moscow on Dec. 2 as temperatures plummet to -23 degrees Celsius (-9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Mikhail Metzel / AP
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Crystal clear

Snow crystals appear on the window of a car in Bayreuth, southern Germany, on Dec. 2. Snow blanketed the country, disrupting traffic but also bringing good winter sports conditions.

David Ebener / DPA
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Full steam ahead

A steam engine makes its way across the snow-covered landscape after fresh snowfall near the eastern German city of Wernigerode on Nov. 22.

Matthias Bein / DPA
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Rose hips on ice

Rose hips are covered with an icinglike layer of snow in the southwest of Bavaria in Stoettgen, Germany, Nov. 22.

Karl Josef Hildenbrand / DPA
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Let it snow

Snow covers the 'Pepiniere' park in Villers-les-Nancy, France, Nov. 29.

Alexandre Marchi / MAXPPP
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Grin and 'bear' it

A Kamchatka brown bear rests in the first snow at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, Nov. 29.

Martin Meissner / AP
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Children have a blast during a snowball fight in Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Laurent Cipriani / AP
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Slippery when wet

Snow-covered rooftops are pictured in this general view of Lyon, southeastern France, as winter weather with sub-freezing temperatures hits the country, Dec. 1.

Robert Pratta / X00222
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Walking in a winter wonderland

A man goes for a walk through the snow-covered landscape near the southern German city of Altdorf.

Karl-josef Hildenbrand / DPA
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Snow buddy

Brox the cocker spaniel runs through the snow at Scotch Corner, northern England, Nov. 29.

Nigel Roddis / X02020
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Frost on!

A fisherman casts his line in Moscow River, covered in frosty fog, with the air temperature at about -13 degrees Celsius (8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Moscow, Nov. 29.

Denis Sinyakov / X02249
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Blinded by the light, and snow

Blowing snow and freezing temperatures face drivers as they head west on Highway 1 from Calgary, Alberta, Nov. 29.

Mike Blake / X00030
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Clearing for takeoff

Snow plows clear part of the runway at Edinburgh airport, Scotland Nov. 29.

David Moir / X02060
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Over the fields and through the snow

A horseman rides a horse between snow-covered fields in Muehlethurnen, near Bern, on Nov. 26.

Michael Buholzer / X90139
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Just ducky

A duck rests on a frozen lake with the air temperature at about minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on the outskirts of Minsk, Dec. 1.

Vasily Fedosenko / X00829
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Silent night, twinkling lights

A snow-covered cabin is lit by Christmas lights along the shoreline of Lake Louise after sunset in Alberta, Nov. 29.

Mike Blake / X00030
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Lights all aglow

A lamp covered with frozen snow shines on top of the Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt, central Germany, Nov. 30.

Michael Probst / AP
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Snow crossing

A man crosses a bridge on the Niviglio river in a snowstorm on Dec. 1, in Robecco sul Naviglio, near Milan, Italy.

Olivier Morin / AFP
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Sledder's delight

Rachel Douglass (top) and Sophie Coatsworth sledge downhill at the Town Moor in Newcastle, northern England Nov. 29.

Nigel Roddis / X02020
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Wearing their woolens

Sheep stand on a snow-covered meadow in Olching, west of Munich, Germany, during heavy snowfall in Bavaria, Nov. 29.

Michaela Rehle / X01425
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Arctic oasis

Landscape is covered in snow on Nov. 29, at the Schlaubetal natural park near Mixdorf, eastern Germany.

Patrick Pleul / DPA
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