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Bah humbug! Crisis vs. Christmas in Madrid (photos)

A glimpse at the 2011 Christmas light display in Madrid, Spain.
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Designed by Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, this tree is in the heart of Spain and Madrid--the center of Puerta del Sol. Photo: Anthony Esparza

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Visitors are free to enter the metal tree, often spinning around to get the full effect.  Photo: Jennifer Riggins

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Large Christmas balls hang between buildings over Madrid's busiest shopping districtsPhoto: Anthony Esparza

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The carousel on Calle de Serrano, Madrid's Fifth Avenue-style shopping district. Photo: Anthony Esparza

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Fewer decorations like these icicles light up Madrid this year. Photo: Anthony Esparza

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Plaza Mayor is the popular holiday tourist visit for all Spanish, who come to buy pieces for their Belen, or nativity scenes. 

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Shoppers on Calle MayorPhoto: Jennifer Riggins

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Shoppers out in the center of MadridPhoto: Jennifer Riggins

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Spain's omnipresent department store El Corte Ingles decorated for the holiday. Photo: Jennifer Riggins

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Madrid's "Broadway"--Gran ViaPhoto: Jennifer Riggins

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Puerta del Sol is a hotspot for buying"El Gordo" Navidad Lottery ticketsPhoto: Jennifer Riggins

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Plaza CallaoPhoto: Jennifer Riggins

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The tree in Sol, with the New Year's Eve clock behind. Photo: Jennifer Riggins

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